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Originally posted by Low Orbit
great find intelgirl, but a bit misleading...
you said that the new bomber would utilize new technologies such as "hypersonics, optical stealth, morphing" and even though Dark Knight thinks it's factual information I found no such statement made in the article at
Originally posted by Low Orbit
Intelgirl - "Umm.. not misleading at all actually - What I said was, "a serious step toward new technologies such as hypersonics, optical stealth, morphing, etc. " I did not say the new bomber would necessarily incorporate those technologies. The technologies are on the USAF's wishlist and they are willing to write a check to get the R&D accelerated."
If true, reference it, or should we just believe you because you read it somewhere?
The PGS AOA - which envisions weapon delivery within 60 minutes - will review conventional versions of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), manned and unmanned bombers and various launch vehicles, all of which will feature a new common aero vehicle (CAV) that will provide more precise strike delivery of conventional warheads than ICBMs, said Dichter, deputy director in the directorate of operational capability requirements.
The "most promising" CAV is the Falcon hypersonic technology vehicle being developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Dichter told the Precision Strike Association's (PSA) annual programs review in Arlington, Va. Other launch vehicles under consideration include reusable, expendable and autonomous variants.
Aviation week 11/28/2004 !
Lockheed Martin designers are taking the wraps off four concepts they're offering to the U.S. Air Force to meet its requirements for an interim long-range strike platform to fit in between the B-2 and whatever will replace the 21 stealth bombers in the 2035 period.
Buried in those presentations are options--some acknowledged by the company and some not--for employing jamming devices, intelligence-gathering sensors and directed-energy weapons, say a number of military and aerospace industry officials with insight into future strike planning. Other proposals involve mounting low-observable external weapons pods and pylons, introducing morphing wing skins for carrying addition fuel, and changing aircraft skin colors for visual daytime stealth.
I just want to see how you reasoned hypersonics, and especially optical stealth and morphing from a new long ranged bomber?
Originally posted by intelgurl
What I'm truly hoping for is a rebirth of the YF-23 as the FB-23... but I won't be holding my breath for that.
Originally posted by Murcielago
I was thinking they would want something that could hold a LOT of bombs. And the FB-23 would likely have a supercruise speed of around mach 1.6.
I guess I just want the future bomber to have a little more cutting edge tech in it.
I like the FB-23...but I'd like it more if they would put PDE's in it instead of jet engines.......or maybe put one jet engine in it...so it can takeoff without shattering windows. A couple PD Engines and it could be a excellent hypersonic bomber.