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Unread post12 Oct 2017, 00:08

The latest from Scaled Composites
Let the speculation begin!
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Unread post12 Oct 2017, 00:20

"When a fifth-generation fighter meets a fourth-generation fighter—the [latter] dies,”
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Unread post12 Oct 2017, 01:06

I wonder who their partner was...

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Unread post12 Oct 2017, 06:22

Dragon029 wrote:I wonder who their partner was...

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....more interesting is what percent CNRP?, is this thing invisible "ala Wonder Woman!"?
....is that 4klb. Payload, two 2klb. JDAMS, Internal?
....KJU, sleep tite and don't let the bed bug bite!
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Unread post12 Oct 2017, 16:32

Think this aircraft is nothing more than a radar target/aggressor aircraft. Three hours of endurance gives you one long sortie in the morning and another after lunch. The F-22 and F-35 units will need a BVR stealthy target to practice Gen5 vs. Gen5 intercepts. It could also be used for development of and training for personnel of ground based radars. It's low cost and probably depending on the amount and type of RAM can mimic a wide range of aircraft/cruise missiles. They evidently wanted everyone to know about it hence the press release and video.
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Unread post13 Oct 2017, 13:19

I saw a news article (https://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/S ... 763-1.html) stating it was basically a technology demonstrator "to demonstrate for an unnamed customer Scaled’s 'advanced, low-cost manufacturing techniques' for the production of research aircraft for industry and government". I suspect the overall configuration was strongly influenced by the Avenger airframe and/or MQ-25 proposals.

I suspect it may be used as a systems testbed, but as far as any "operational" use (e.g. aggressor or cruise missile analogue) I don't think it has the performance. That 4000lb isn't payload, but "useful load", i.e. MTOW-empty weight. I suspect about 300lb of that is the pilot, and the rest is fuel.
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Unread post15 Oct 2017, 13:17

white_lightning35 this is you big chance. If you major in material science you could design the first nanofiber aircraft. Good luck young man.

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