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originally posted by: Badgermole42
Didn't several people also hint at something possibly being "off ship" in the defensive aid suite?
That beaver tail slides out like the one on the B-2 doesn't it? If so, and I don't see why not, it's just a parasitic uav that can pop out to fight off all the bad guys then come home to Mama. Boring.
Seriously though, when I hear "off ship" my mind keeps coming back to LRS-uav or what BASS saw (giant static ball on a lightning tether).
originally posted by: BigTrain
a reply to: PPFkid
If I am flying a Mig-29, or for that matter a Typhoon, or really anything with any offensive capability, and I see this plane with my eyes, all I have to do is speed up a tad and fire of my 20mm cannon and its toast.
Are we to assume in all reality that the US will ALWAYS have a 100% zero enemy in the air scenario where this bomber can just fly around un-chalenged?
I just cannot for the life of me convince myself that a Mach2 dash capability for a bomber would never be needed.
The modern air forces in this world are going to develop their defensive capability around waiting for this to show up and then launch their fighters.
I don't agree that every enemy will be a zero air force enemy. I'm sure it works really well when nobody knows its coming, but after the first plane drops the first bomb, now the whole country is looking for more.
originally posted by: StargateSG7
a reply to: StargateSG7
If you REALLY WANTED TO GET FANCY, you could
use the dyanmic EM field as a virtual wing and
fuselage structure, or as virtual fan-blades or
as a virtual aerospike that could CHANGE
THE SHAPE and FLIGHT ENVELOPE of the
lifting body merely using some cooked
atmosphere and/or onboard ionizeable gasses!
In addition, the system of the invention is also well suited for transatmospheric vehicles of many types. For these and similar types of applications in which the vehicle is moving through the atmosphere, the frequency of the electromagnetic radiation is preferably at the harmonic resonance frequency of electromagnetic excitation i.e., electromagnetic absorption peak, of oxygen. Oxygen (as well as water) has a substantial electric and magnetic dipole which can easily be excited by tuned microwave radiation. When ionized and heated, the oxygen molecules quickly transfer their heat energy to adjacent nitrogen and other component molecules of the medium resulting in quick and thorough heating and ionization of that portion of the atmosphere in the immediate path of the aircraft enabling the aircraft to fly in a thinner atmosphere resulting in reduced aerodynamic drag. Heating of the air decreases the pressure gradient at the front (and preferably also the rear) of the aircraft thereby destroying the coherency of the pressure fronts so that they do not add together coherently. This reduces the pressure gradients acting on the boundary layer between the ambient air and the aircraft because they are distributed over a larger region i.e., several meters rather than several centimeters. The system of the invention essentially produces a "hot air bubble" around the aircraft which reduces the expended power at true supersonic speeds because the coherent addition of pressure waves around the aircraft is degraded. This reduces or eliminates the energy transmitted to the shock cone i.e., the pressure field produced at supersonic speeds and located at the rear of the aircraft and extending therefrom in a widening cone, thereby preventing or reducing the build up of sonic waves and thus the reduction or elimination of a "sonic boom".