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US spends £1bn on plan for ‘invisible bombers’

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posted on Jun, 6 2008 @ 12:58 PM
I don't follow this topic as closely as many of you here but I thought I would post this in case any of you might find it of interest.


The US has invested more than £1bn in a "black" programme to design a next-generation bomber with a radar stealth signature less than one-tenth that of a mosquito, according to military sources.

The Northrop Grumman corporation is understood to be building the demonstration prototype for a classified US Air Force plan to field the first squadron of almost undetectable strike aircraft within a decade.

The unclassified version of the USAF budget shows no funding for the new bomber, but company documents show unexplained funds for "technology work" between 2008-10.

Northrop Grumman chief executive Ron Sugar said last year that the company's integrated systems aircraft division had made strides in black projects and had identified them as the top new-business opportunity.

Not a lot if information here but hopefully it will provide some clues.

posted on Jun, 6 2008 @ 05:28 PM
One tenth of a mosquito RCS ?

Thats down at 1 to 2 dB ..... almost total silence, as if there was nothing there at all....

Holy mother of Jude, thats insane. How in Gods name did they get it that low ? thats simply totally and utterly amazing.

posted on Jun, 6 2008 @ 05:35 PM
From what is to be read and the wording used this seems to be the same information but less detailed that is posted here:

If a Mod agrees or fellow posters think that this duplicate info please say so and if need I suggest closing this thread as that is my feeling on the information provided.

posted on Jun, 8 2008 @ 03:38 AM
reply to post by Dan Tanna

A while ago they made a material that was 'invisible' to microwaves - looked pretty good in the demonstration, the microwaves were distorted as they passed the block of the material, but some how they left the other side all lined up with the surrounding waves - it was all a bit over my head, years since I did wave theory at school.

You know what they always say about the tech we see being years behind what is possible - maybe the answer lies in extension of that research, they could be dealing with much longer and powerful wave lengths such as a radar system would use - wait till they can do it with visible light!! (i that event I'd simply live in female locker rooms etc

posted on Jun, 8 2008 @ 04:03 AM
1/10th a Mosquito? That's friggen insane!

I wonder if this technology can be implemented onto exited aircraft like the F-35 and F-22?

posted on Jun, 8 2008 @ 04:54 AM
Stuped question here I know - but we are talking about the blood suckers and not....

these beauty's, cos do mosquitoes (blood suckers) have a particularly large radar cross section for a bug? 1/10th the DeHaveland is probably not all that impressive in this day in age.

p.s the Mosquito has got to be in my top 3 all time aircraft - any excuse to post a pic of that bird!

posted on Jun, 8 2008 @ 10:40 AM
reply to post by Now_Then

Aircraft already have radar cross sections the size of a marble, I think it's safe to say we're not talking about the Mosquito WW2 aircraft! The size of a mosquito is 6.4 to 12.7mm. Middle of that is 9.55. Now, let's say a mosquito is a perfect square, 9.55 x 9.55 / 10 = 9.1 square mm - TINNNYYY. And that is if it was a perfect square - which it isn't. I'd say we're talking about less than a square millimetre which is for all intents and purposes completely invisible.

I think in the future we're going to have a massive revolution of IRST / EOTS type sensors as well as low frenquency radars.

[edit on 8/6/2008 by C0bzz]

posted on Jun, 8 2008 @ 11:43 AM

Originally posted by C0bzz

I think in the future we're going to have a massive revolution of IRST / EOTS type sensors as well as low frenquency radars.

I believe you are quite right on this prediction - however, it bears mentioning that one of the attributes required of the 2018 bomber is low frequency RCS reduction - I would be pretty confident in saying this Northrop project has such attributes.

posted on Jun, 8 2008 @ 11:47 AM
Oh good, now they can bomb people and they'll be none the wiser.

Oops, i forgot - i'm supposed to wait for the false flag attack first.

Silly me.

posted on Jun, 8 2008 @ 01:04 PM
reply to post by Anti-Tyrant

With the technology they have now they can bomb anyone in the world right now.
It's pretty pethetic things used for 'defense' can be used in such a way. I hope, hot damn, I'd pray if I were religious, that this technology isn't used for illegal wars, or OIL wars.

[edit on 8/6/2008 by C0bzz]

posted on Jun, 8 2008 @ 09:31 PM
Intelgurl is correct, because of new technologies emerging within white and black R&D the 2018 Bomber is expected to have a dual high/low frequency VLO signature as well. So that signature is maintained in a greater area of the electromagnetic spectrum.

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