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The video shows the UAV taking off from a salt runway at an undisclosed location thought to be in the southwestern USA. Lockheed Martin's Skunks Works announced the Polecat programme at the Farnborough air show, stating that it was designed and built in just 18 months and flown in secret in the first quarter of this year.
The Polecat has a wingspan of 27.4m (90ft), 4,080kg (9,000lb) gross weight, 450kg payload, and is powered by two Williams FJ44-3E turbofans producing a combined 6,000lb thrust (26.7kN). The laminar-flow Polecat is designed to cruise at altitudes of around 65,000ft (20,000m) to get above contrails.
Can you substantiate any of this?
Originally posted by D4rk Kn1ght
The tier 3 Quartz, or "Q" was thought to of been the most advanced stealth aircraft ever to have flown.
It was said to be like a B-2 but with only one saw tooth (much like the pole cat) was in manned and unmanned versions, and had active optical camouflage on it.
The fly away cost of $230 million was deemed too expensive and it was canned just months before it was due to be rolled out.