posted on Jun, 24 2006 @ 12:38 PM
I'm not sure how 'black' these are, in the case of the latter probably not at all, but this seems as good a place as any for them.
First, Mikoyan 701. a 1980's scheme to produce a MiG 31 replacement long range interceptor. Proposed range of 4,350 miles when cruising at speeds
between 1,430mph and 1,550mph at an altitude around 60,000ft. Subsonic range expected to be 6,835 miles. Length 98ft, span 62ft, Internal weapons
carriage (unspecified type)
Secondly, one I am particularly seduced by the look of, the Sukhoi S.54 'Flanker-Lite'.
F-16 class fighter with weapon system based on that of the Su-37, ower from a single TVC AL-31 or AL-37 engine, service ceiling 59,000ft, range 510
miles on internal fuel at low level, 1,810 miles at height. Part constructed prototype abandoned in late 1990's and no longer an ongoing programme
(shame). Carrier based version called S.56 proposed and offered to India in 1999. Not accepted.
[edit on 24-6-2006 by waynos]