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Of course the F-117 is proported to be a sub-sonic aircraft, so once a lock-on occurs or visual contact is made, it would most likely be a sitting duck. In any case, the possibilities are tremendous. Also note that in 1986, there was to have been designed the Covert Survivable In- weather Recon/Strike (CSIRS) aircraft (according to the ARCO Illustrated Guide to Spy Planes). Other reports have indicated the concept had lost funding. Perhaps another aircraft similar in function could have replaced it. Certainly, with the nearly untouchable SR-71 out of service, there may a gaping hole left in the Strategic Reconaissance role.
General Dynamics (Lockheed Martin) A-11 / "Model 100"
During the late 1970s, General Dynamics designed a supersonic stealth strike aircraft under the ASTEI program. In 1983, USAF began a program to develop a stealth reconnaissance and strike aircraft. The strike capability would initially be focused on SEAD, but a derivative might also replace the F-111. This could explain why there were reports of a program called CSIRS (for Covert Survivable In-weather Recon/Strike) before the F-117 was revealed. Lockheed, Rockwell and General Dynamics submitted proposals for the competition. In February 1984 the Navy launched the ATA program, and proposals were submitted by Northrop/Grumman, Lockheed/LTV and General Dynamics/McDonnell Douglas. Late in 1984 General Dynamics was chosen to develop the USAF aircraft and the Navy awarded ATA Concept Definition Studies to Northrop/Grumman and General Dynamics/MDD.
In April 1986 the Secretary of Air Force Edward Aldridge signed a Memorandum of Understanding stating that USAF would consider ATA as its F-111 replacement. This restricted the General Dynamics aircraft of the USAF to a recon/SEAD role. Development Validation contracts for the ATA were awarded in June 1986 to Northrop/Grumman and General Dynamics/MDD. The GD Model 100, as the USAF aircraft was known, made its first flight in 1986 or 1988. Due to high cost and possible duplication with the Navy's A-12 program the GD Model 100 aircraft was cancelled in the Secretary of Defence Richard Cheney's Major Aircraft Review in 1990. But the cancellation of Lockheed's AARS in 1993 left the Air Force without a stealthy recon platform, and the Model 100 program was probably thus reinstated. Four to eight aircraft were produced in 1994-1996 and based at Groom Lake. It may have the USAF designation A-11 Astra.
The General Dynamics Model 100 could explain the rumored FB-119, AX-17, "Black Manta" and TR-3A aircraft, all of which are reported as stealthy recon/strike planes. Model 100 is probably shaped like a narrow triangle with a 65 degree leading edge sweep and two inward-canted vertical tails. It is powered by two General Electric F404 turbofans with a ventral air intake and capable of moderate supersonic performance. Single-seated, it would have approximately the same payload capacity as the F-117A but a longer range. The shape of the Model 100 would also explain some "Aurora" sightings, and the North Sea report almost certainly refers to this plane.