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User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4879 times:

According to CNN, Northrop Grumman is under contract to produce by 2020 a new unmanned supersonic stealth attack aircraft.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/06/23/supersonic.bomber/index.html

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User currently offlineLumberton From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 4708 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4852 times:

Just looking at the artists rendering forces one to remind onself that we are merely on the cusp of the unmanned revolution in air warfare. Supersonic A-N-D with the ability to loiter!


"When all is said and done, more will be said than done".
User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4818 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 4727 times:

kewl  Wink there was talk a couple of years ago about such an aircraft also called "switchblade" which really did look like a switchblade... the wings could be swept right back for high speed supersonic cruise, swept mid for efficient low speed loiter, and swept forward for very high maneuverability. ( a bit like the F-14 except for the forward swept part)


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User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 19 hours ago) and read 4696 times:

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 2):
there was talk a couple of years ago about such an aircraft also called "switchblade" which really did look like a switchblade... the wings could be swept right back for high speed supersonic cruise, swept mid for efficient low speed loiter, and swept forward for very high maneuverability.

A few more details here:

Stealth The Movie: A Glimpse Of The Future? (by Greaser Aug 2 2005 in Military Aviation & Space Flight)#ID34777


User currently offlineCF188A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 4611 times:

THIS SUCKS....... lol. I want to pilot the real thing in the future.... not a simulation desk Sad

User currently offlineMigFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4350 times:

I cannot get excited by a pilot-less aircraft either. It is cool, but in the same way MS flight simulatoer is cool.

/M


User currently offlineOroka From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 911 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4319 times:

I wouldn't worry too much. UAVs will do the bulk of the boring jobs and super dangerous stuff, then flights of armed UAV fighters lead by a manned fighter will do the stuff that needs a real person. That would be the best situation a manned fighter could hope for. In a fight against even the best opponent manned fighters, the UAVs will be able to outmaneuver them not being severely limited by G force.

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