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B-3- what do you think/hope it might be?

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posted on Nov, 7 2003 @ 06:04 AM

The above link talks about the Proposed B-3 which is also known as the Future Strike Aircraft. The B-3 concept first appeared in an issue of Popular Science. The artical stated that concepts for the B-3 are being studied under the designation B-X. I was wondering what my Fellow ATS members think or hope the Finished B-3 Might look or be like.


posted on Nov, 7 2003 @ 06:33 AM
This should be a fun thread to watch... I 'm looking forward to seeing what people think as well.

posted on Nov, 7 2003 @ 10:05 AM
the artical said it would be a stealth supersonic bomber.
That saunds as a flieng delta wing

maybe something like this

posted on Nov, 7 2003 @ 10:15 AM
Please God, let it be electrogravitic...

Most probably isn't the case, though...

posted on Nov, 7 2003 @ 10:23 AM

posted on Nov, 7 2003 @ 10:23 AM
Thank you ghost.

3 days ago, I tryed to find something on the B-3 ( with Google ). I don't know why, but I've been unable to find something. So many thanks.

posted on Nov, 7 2003 @ 10:27 AM
Cool concept photos.Doubt it'll be built.Uav and cruise missle technology is steadily improving.I could be wrong but i guess we'll see in a few years.

posted on Nov, 7 2003 @ 10:43 AM

posted on Nov, 7 2003 @ 02:56 PM
Here's my concept of what I think it should look like.

[Edited on 11-7-2003 by darklanser]

[Edited on 11-10-2003 by darklanser]

posted on Nov, 7 2003 @ 03:01 PM
First let me apologize for the long post – this should probably go into the Research Forum but there is no thread there on this so here goes:


The B-3 Long Range Strike Aircraft is under development at this time.
The usual U.S. aerospace manufacturers have shown artist renderings of the long-range strike concepts that are currently in R&D. Along with telltale signs among the manufacturers are additional signs from various branches of government. The USAF, U.S. Navy, DARPA and Congress are all giving clues, hints and input as for what to expect from the B-3 when it does debut.

The Manufacturers:

Northrop’s Long Range Strike platform project is currently in R&D under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Quiet Supersonic Platform (QSP) program. Northrop Grumman has shown a canard design with a flat underside and a dorsal inlet that deflects the sonic shockwave upwards and away from the ground. The company has also studied configurations with highly swept, slender wings braced by struts, see image below. (Northrop Grumman)" target='_blank' class='tabOff'/>

Lockheed Martin has revealed images of a stealthy, supersonic strike aircraft designed to penetrate heavily defended airspace in the initial phase of a conflict and deliver precision-guided munitions on time- sensitive and other high-value targets.
The company developed the concept, which it refers to generically as the 'long-range strike aircraft', in support of studies on future strike platforms that the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is leading.
According to Kevin Renshaw, Lockheed’s program manager for the Long Range Strike project, “The Lockheed Martin aircraft is a M2.0-M4.0-class system with highly swept wings and large engines…” also you can expect a payload capacity between 15,000 lb and 40,000 lb (6,802kg and 18,140kg) Image of Lockheed's concept below...

Boeing Phantom Works has validated the ability of the US Air Force to field Mach 10 bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. Similar in weight to a B-1B bomber, its design would use hydrogen to reach maximum speed from Mach 4 or 5. (Jane’s Defense Weekly - November 12, 1997) Image below is Boeing's "Blended Wing" platform.

A study by the RAND Corporation in 1999 proposed a ‘manned light bomber’ concept aircraft. The RAND study stated the aircraft should have a Mach 2 capability and an un-refueled range of 3,250 nautical miles. It should weigh between 290,000-350,000lbs, have a maximum payload of 15,000-20,000lbs.
Air Combat Command the division of the USAF which is in charge of the long-range bomber fleet has already initiated a project called the ‘future strike aircraft’ study. It has commissioned Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to develop concepts for an aircraft to replace the B-2. Unsurprisingly, the Pentagon has said it will call any future bomber the B-3. Very few details exist regarding the B-3, suggesting it is already under development and is therefore classified.
A second manned bomber project called HyperSoar has also been muted. The aircraft would be a hypersonic platform that would perform global reconnaissance and strike missions. It would be of a similar size to the B-52 and would travel at speeds in excess of Mach 10, while carrying twice the B-52’s payload." target='_blank' class='tabOff'/>

HyperSoar information Link:
More information on the USAF’s concept of the Long Range Strike Aircraft:

The US Navy:
In an unclassified document dealing with the Long Range Strike Aircraft R&D ongoing at the China Lake facility, a program dubbed the “RATTLRS” or “Rattler” is mentioned. Among other things the “RATTLRS” will be “a turbine propulsion only, air vehicle system” … with the “ability to accelerate at 0.25 g or greater through the transonic flight region”… and with the “ability to cruise at a minimum of Mach 3.0”.
(USN Document title: Revolutionary Approach To Time-critical Long Range Strike (RATTLRS) Flight Demonstration Project (FDP) 05/15/2003)

According to DARPA the new Long Range Strike aircraft would "free the US military from reliance on forward basing to enable it to react promptly and decisively to destabilizing or threatening actions by hostile countries and terrorist organizations."
This basically feeds from the philosophy of being able to strike at an adversary’s individual targets, anywhere in the world without warning and without the need for foreign bases. According to DARPA this capability will "hold adversary vital interests at risk at all times, counter anti-access threats, serve as a halt-phase shock force and conduct suppression of enemy air-defense and lethal strike missions as part of integrated strategic campaigns in the 21st Century."

The B-3: Could there be an ongoing project to deploy a secret operational squadron?

In June 2003, Donald Rumsfeld proposed to cut the numbers of B-1s by one third—from 93 to 60—and to use the estimated $165 million in savings to improve the remaining aircraft. The reduction would close down an Air Force B-1 wing in Idaho and Air National Guard units in Georgia and Kansas. (National Defense Magazine, December 2001)

Consider This: When has D. Rumsfeld (or any Republican administration) been happy with cutting back numbers of units when the money was present to retain those units? Could this be reminiscent of the case for Aurora’s existence? Those of you who are enthusiasts of black aircraft will recall how the DoD cut the SR-71 from service with no other replacement.

Past History: This came around the same time the “Aurora” line item was discovered in a congressional defense budget request, fueling the presumption that the U.S. had fielded a successor to the SR-71. Since that time there has been arguably adequate proof of this craft by sightings, unusual contrails (“donuts on a rope”), extremely loud and out-of-the-ordinary jet engine sounds from known USAF bases that can be heard from miles away and crafts traveling at near hypersonic speeds leaving skyquakes over southern California.

Conclusion: There is an established pattern demonstrating that when a “hawkish” administration is seated in Washington that they; a) do not give up numbers of units for improving the quality of remaining units when there is adequate money to retain all units and fully improve the quality of all, and; b) they do not cut numbers of units or cut out a type of unit altogether unless they have a far better replacement ready to be deployed or already deployed.

Therefore using this line of logic it is very likely that Rumsfeld’s reduction in numbers of intercontinental long-range bombers is not just to upgrade the capacities of a fleet that is now technologically inadequate by eliminating costly inefficiencies as Defense Analyst Jack Spencer suggests in an unclassified executive memorandum, but rather has a direct relationship to the development being underway and deployment soon forthcoming of a new secret Long-Range Strike Aircraft.


[Edited on 23-3-2004 by intelgurl]

posted on Nov, 7 2003 @ 03:09 PM

hmmm b-3 huh looks kinda like..

the general triangle shaped aurora aircraft?

posted on Nov, 7 2003 @ 03:11 PM
i wonder if active b-3 prototypes are responsible for sightings of triangle shaped ufos' ive heard of alot of people thinking the b2 was a ufo..

posted on Nov, 7 2003 @ 03:41 PM
very informative post intelgurl
some more links


Future Strike Aircraft

[Edited on 7-11-2003 by Pearly]

posted on Nov, 7 2003 @ 03:50 PM
I think it would be a low orbit attack bomber which uses the latest of technology recoverd from alien crafts.

posted on Nov, 7 2003 @ 04:12 PM
I do not know why but intelgirl is becoming my favuorite poster

how about some of you showing your own drawings not only what you have found on the has nothing to do whith the upper sentense)

personally I think that this topics requier more theoreticall thinking from us than research on sites

I want to see you think!!!

[Edited on 7-11-2003 by vorazechul]

posted on Nov, 7 2003 @ 04:25 PM
i to will like to see them put the antigrav tech,

so then a few years later we will have anti grav cars

posted on Nov, 7 2003 @ 04:36 PM
let us be sceptic for a minute

we know that when a project is being fineshed the next si being started...taht means that the aurora project is most probably that b-3 bomber ...aaaand it's nothing more than a radically improved b-2/b-1 combinatoin which means that the maximum that we can expect is a supersonic superstealthy bomber with a huge range and a huge hights of flight.

Forget that intygravity, allthough my dream is to travel in a oneman's spaceship through the solar systen

but let's keep fantasies apart from reality

[Edited on 7-11-2003 by vorazechul]

[Edited on 7-11-2003 by vorazechul]

[Edited on 7-11-2003 by vorazechul]

posted on Nov, 7 2003 @ 04:43 PM
I agree with you also about Intelgurl Vorazechul.Her info's cool.

posted on Nov, 7 2003 @ 06:26 PM
B-1B Lancer
B-2 Spirit
B-3 Aurora
? ya never know.

posted on Nov, 8 2003 @ 02:59 AM
because i am very curious about your own drawings

Give me some of those!

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