Project Carrera

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Unread post15 Sep 2022, 19:36


September 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — On a battlefield a decade or so in the future, a C-130 drops a pallet loaded with small, expendable drones, which break off and immediately begin flying toward a formation of F-35s.

As the F-35 pilots fly toward an enemy surface-to-air missile site, they issue commands to the drones under their control: “Collect data,” “go forward and draw fire,” or “find this target.” Based on data gathered by some of the drones, the pilots are alerted to a probable threat, and an alternate route is suggested using information from other drones that have scouted ahead.

This is the kind of technology Lockheed Martin hopes to prove out in its newly-revealed “Project Carrera,” a multi-year investment wherein the company plans to sink $100 million of its own money into drones, artificial intelligence, upgrades to the F-35 and novel communications technologies that will connect all the pieces together, John Clark, vice president of Lockheed’s secretive Skunk Works advanced development cell, said during a briefing to reporters on Wednesday.

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“This is not going to be a one-off stunt where, ‘Hey, look, we’ve connected an F-35 to this uncrewed system, and we passed a track and yay, success, we now have a media headline that says that we did crewed-uncrewed teaming,’” Clark said. “What we’re really focusing on is a systematic build up where we can evaluate that human and uncrewed system interaction, and understand how those behaviors build up over time.”

Lockheed’s $100 million investment in Project Carrera is split into three areas:

$20 million for upgrades to the F-35 and for the development of uncrewed assets

$42 million for “teaming enablers” that include AI development, net-enabled pylons, advanced waveforms such as 5G, and open architecture technology

$38 million for “battlespace multipliers,” an interesting pot of money that includes low-Earth orbit satellites that will provide beyond line-of-sight communications between the fighter and drones, as well as “forward survivable platforms” that could include a “penetrating sensor”



https://breakingdefense.com/2022/09/loc ... t-carrera/
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Unread post16 Sep 2022, 06:03

C130 would be the weak link.
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Unread post16 Sep 2022, 17:25

weasel1962 wrote:C130 would be the weak link.


Why?
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Unread post17 Sep 2022, 02:13

Small drones = short range.
To get into target area, the drones will need to be delivered into range to target area.
The shorter the range, the nearer the c130 will need to go.
If c130 gets shot down before it reaches = mission fail.
Sure f-35s will be there to protect but c130s remain the most vulnerable link to mission fail until post delivery.
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Unread post17 Sep 2022, 03:33

weasel1962 wrote:Small drones = short range.
To get into target area, the drones will need to be delivered into range to target area.
The shorter the range, the nearer the c130 will need to go.
If c130 gets shot down before it reaches = mission fail.
Sure f-35s will be there to protect but c130s remain the most vulnerable link to mission fail until post delivery.


Vanilla 130's maybe. SOF 130's have some ew to allow them to get closer, add jamming from other aircraft and the 130's can get closer to the target.

This could also be a good day 0 or 1 weapon if we are in the attack mode.
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Unread post17 Sep 2022, 05:30

I suspect c130s only used as initial test carriers. Eventually there will be new carriers.

Options include prodded droppable from F-35s or internal bay carriage. Who knows, maybe B-21s. No matter, this is a new R&D area.
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Unread post17 Sep 2022, 12:48

I suspect these would be devastating as interdictors.

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