The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Advanced Development Programs (ADP) 'Morphing' unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is three weeks away from achieving its
first flight, according to Frank Cappuccio, vice-president and general manager of Skunk Works ADP. Morphing technology promises to revolutionise the
way UAVs and their combat equivalents, unmanned combat aerial ...
I got that from jdw.janes.com...
It's the eighth one from the bottom.
unfortunatly you have to be a member to read the rest.
So apparently in 3 weeks it will do its first flight, so obviously it wont morph on the first flight...but hopefully some pictures will emerge. The
Morphing UAV is called Hunter-Killer.
One technology being explored is the ability to "morph." Morphing technology expands the envelope of an air vehicle by radically changing the
critical physical characteristics of the platform in flight. The end result is a single platform that can perform both long-loiter surveillance and
high- speed, short-dash, penetration missions. The combining of missions that are traditionally thought of as unachievable by a single aircraft could
become a reality shortly. "Imagine the system utility for the military," Cappuccio said.
Heres a (i believe) Lockheed image of the Hunter-Killer.
Oh the Irony!
Darpa funds the X-45 & X-47, basically the X-45 is for the USAF and the X-47 is for the USN. In 2007 the X-45C and X-47B will be completed. The X-45
is Boeing, and the X-47 is Northrop Grumman.
It looks like Lockheed Morphing "hunter-killer" combines them, and beats them. Navy is very space conscientious, all the aircraft on the Carrier
has floding wings, which is why the Navy would prefer the X-47b...because it has foldable wings, however the AF dont care about that, they got plenty
of space, so they would opt for the X-45c.
Lockheeds morphing plane can be on the carrier and fold up, and unfolding for taking off.....and the AF would like it cause it can take-off unfolded,
and once in the air it can fold for less resistence, and so it would become more efficient, and possibly could make it supersonic as well, then once
it gets to its to its destination, it could unfold and brop bombs, or do recon in a position that would let it stay aloft for a longer period of
Heres the X-45A, It looks like Lockheeds does..only when theres is folded, and the X-45C looks like theres...only when theres is unfolded. It seems
that everyone has settled on pretty much the same design.
heres the 2 UCAVS
X-47B with its wings folded, to save space