They brought up the TR-X and how to get an operational set of 30 optionally manned or potentially manned U-2 replacements up and running.
They recently touted their lasers as ready to be placed on ships and aircraft as weapons.
Now, they are talking up (and giving away a bit) their SR-72 concept.
The tech involved was originally developed under Black Swift, the DARPA effort. They claim they made a number of breakthroughs. They are NOW
claiming they can build an F-22 sized (!) demonstrator to go from subsonic all the way up to Mach 6 for $1 billion.
The relatively small size makes me curious. It must be just a demonstrator and the range cannot be great. It must be purely a demonstrator rather
than something operational. Get up to Mach 6, hold for the 8 minutes and drop back down?
So, the LM CEO comes out and says, "Blah blah blah, hypersonic. Blah, blah, several breakthroughs. Blah, blah,air breathing, blah, blah, blah." And,
we are supposed to believe that a version of this "F-22 sized," aircraft doesn't already exist or has existed? Hmmmmmm. Me thinks I smell a Skunk. (
see what I did there? LOL!!)
Well, maybe not. But, (taking my heritage into account, hence my screen name,) I strongly suspect they no doubt have something along these lines
already flying. They kinda have a track record for that sort of thing.
It's possible this proposal is going to make use of a ceramic like skin that's flexible. They were working on this 20 years ago and it suddenly got
very quiet with no more publicity. I've wondered all along if they came up with something that while to expensive for commercial aviation would work
for military aircraft. It would be a major breakthrough and could give an aircraft both weight advantage and greater conservation of fuel. My best,
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