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Say Hello to the RQ-180

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posted on Sep, 5 2017 @ 12:48 AM
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Polecat sounds like the tech base for whats going into the LRSB..Has the Rq180 been outdated already?




posted on Sep, 5 2017 @ 02:19 AM
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originally posted by: Blackfinger
Polecat sounds like the tech base for whats going into the LRSB..Has the Rq180 been outdated already?

Tech is always evolving and everything flying is based on at least a decade old technology.

The 'RQ-180' - the designation is most likely wrong - is a Northrop bird. Their part of the LRSB program undoubtedly profited from this program, although their B-21 prototype is probably a descendant of the NGB demonstrator they had flying during the last decade. Which in turn would have been based on Quartz...
Anyway, Polecat was probably related to the RQ-180 competition Lockheed lost. Basically them playing catch up in the flying wing department.



posted on Sep, 6 2017 @ 09:25 PM
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a reply to: mightmight

I'm not so sure bout catch up. The RQ-170 was Lockheed's.
edit on 6-9-2017 by anzha because: Freaking phone

edit on 6-9-2017 by anzha because: Freaking phone



posted on Sep, 6 2017 @ 11:31 PM
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And it was a comparativley low tech, interim solution until Nothrop got the actual asset ready.



edit on 6-9-2017 by mightmight because: (no reason given)



posted on Sep, 7 2017 @ 03:59 AM
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I like how he uses the link to retiring the F-117 without replacement as a fact there must have been something else because of the X45 sucess, but its fairly tenuous to suggest that a couple of x-planes in 50 flights made the idea that scaling them up and producing a fleet of them only to not use them in 15 years makes sense just to justify the F-35.

And now the B-21 also?



posted on Sep, 7 2017 @ 06:55 PM
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a reply to: the2ofusr1

They wouldn't know what to do with it. But they'd be quick to turn it over to the Chinese, who pretty much have the blueprints for 80% of our equipment already.




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