damn people its a mach 4+ strike drone!!! Woo Hooo!!! This is awesome, here read this from lockheed about the contract!!!!!!
(NYSE: LMT) received a Revolutionary Approach to Time-critical Long Range
Strike (RATTLRS) phase-two contract award from the Office of Naval Research on
July 20. RATTLRS is part of the National Aerospace Initiative and is a
demonstration program to increase capabilities and performance for expendable
supersonic vehicles. In total, this is a five-year (base and options)
Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract with a ceiling of
Lockheed Martin is teamed with Allison Advanced Development Company (AADC)
to develop technologies that will provide an advanced Mach 4+ integrated
propulsion system in an operationally traceable airframe. The AADC YJ102R
engine provides the supersonic cruise capability of the legendary SR-71 spy
plane in a simple and inexpensive engine suitable for an expendable missile.
Advances in turbine cooling technology in the 40 years since the SR-71 first
flew allow the YJ102R to provide more than six times the specific thrust of
the SR-71 engines, allowing the RATTLRS vehicle to cruise at similar Mach
numbers without the high fuel consumption of afterburning engines.
"Our team's RATTLRS approach will contribute landmark technologies toward
Long Range Strike," said Neil Kacena of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company's
Advanced Development Programs organization, also known as the Skunk Works.
"The Lockheed Martin-led team builds on years of demonstrated success in high
speed, hypersonic technology development and weapon system performance in
support of the Office of Naval Research's RATTLRS program goals," Kacena said.
Lockheed Martin is the industry leader in high speed aerospace systems,
providing expertise, technology and operational systems to the warfighter.
The RATTLRS program is a key component in Lockheed Martin's goal to develop
high speed weapon systems for joint U.S. customers.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 130,000
people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design,
development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems,
products and services. The corporation reported 2003 sales of $31.8 billion.
wowser this is what i was after, some nice pertinent information. Cheers!!
WOO HOO I WANT ONE!!!!