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Originally posted by rich_wn_2002
Aroura is a military jet funded by the USAF in testing since the late 90's and is an attempt to move away from multi-role interceptor/strike fighter designs and create a platform of single target, low tolerance bombing missions with the minimum of detectability and highest pilot-safety.
"Aroura" is the project name for this, and the current air-model is unknown to me, but when I was at the US air base in Brugen, Germany in 2001, I saw what I personally believe now was a part of the aroura project in the hangers by the admin building, if any of you have ever been posted to elmpt, it was the big one next to the 2 C130 recon pads.
Anyway, as far as I can personally gather, Aroura is a ramjet powered (Yes, its a real technology with real applications, check out Richard Branson's purchase of the engine for civilian application with Virgin!) atmospheric/extra-atmospheric bomber, with the essentials of dumb-bomb systems, related to a sattelite-based targeting system and a self-guiding warhead similar to the old paveway pennys (back then, anyway)
So I imagine, the aroura pops up about 18-25km, drops back into the atmosphere level and deploys its weapon, and then promptly gets lost in the other direction, without the huge signature that a cruise missile has, but retaining the destructive capability and accuracy.