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Secret New UAS Shows Stealth, Efficiency Advances 87

Posted by samzenpus
from the eye-in-the-sky dept.
Fnord666 writes in with this link about one the development of a new unmanned toy for the U.S. Air Force. "A large, classified unmanned aircraft developed by Northrop Grumman is now flying—and it demonstrates a major advance in combining stealth and aerodynamic efficiency. Defense and intelligence officials say the secret unmanned aerial system (UAS), designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, is scheduled to enter production for the U.S. Air Force and could be operational by 2015. Funded through the Air Force's classified budget, the program to build this new UAS, dubbed the RQ-180, was awarded to Northrop Grumman after a competition that included Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The aircraft will conduct the penetrating ISR mission that has been left unaddressed, and under wide debate, since retirement of the Lockheed SR-71 in 1998."
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Secret New UAS Shows Stealth, Efficiency Advances

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  • What about the SR-72 (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 08, 2013 @03:08PM (#45633859)

    What I found interesting about the recent SR-72 "teaser" was that it is essentially what people have rumored for the Aurora for years now. Maybe it already exists, and "announcing" it as a hypothetical is step 1 of the unveiling process?

  • At what cost? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 08, 2013 @03:14PM (#45633883)

    In these times of austerity it is necessary to disguise your pork barrels.

    Advanced stealth technology makes this enormous barrel of pork look more like a small can of spam.

  • by NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) on Sunday December 08, 2013 @03:30PM (#45633967)
    Does anybody really believe there's a "coverage gap" between satellites and (for example) Global Hawks? No, of course not. The SR-71 was retired because it wasn't needed, not with satellites that can read a license plate from orbit in real time. This is just a corporate handout for Northrup Grumman, we can't have them feeling left out, what with Lockheed Martin getting all the F-35 moniez.
  • toasters (Score:4, Interesting)

    by kaoshin (110328) on Sunday December 08, 2013 @03:52PM (#45634049)
    This one bears resemblance to a cylon raider. Perhaps their plan is a much more sinister one?

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