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First tests of MSubs s351 dry SDV for USN/USSOCOM trials - http://www.hisutton.com/SDV%20news%20round-up.html
SM-6 can do terminal BMD and other things (anti-surface, AAW) whereas SM-3 is a single
Prototypes planned in a few years
Do you have the full presentation?
I forgot to post it, had it up in the F-X thread -
Also - FY15 statement made last year
STATEMENT OF: Dr. David E. Walker, SES Deputy Assistant Secretary
(Science, Technology and Engineering)QuoteThe Air Force conducts research and development in all aspects of hypersonic technologies in partnership with NASA, DARPA, and industry/academic sectors. The HSSW program will include two parallel integrated technology demonstration efforts to leverage DARPAs recent experience in hypersonic technologies that are relevant to reduce risk in key areas. One of the demonstrations will be a tactically-relevant demonstration of an air breathing missile technology that is compatible with Air Force 5th generation platforms including geometric and weight limits for internal B-2 Spirit bomber carriage and external F-35 Lightening II fighter carriage. This demonstration will build on the X-51 success and will include a tactically compliant engine start capability and launch from a relevant altitude.
For the other demonstration, the Air Force and DARPA will seek to develop technologies and demonstrate capabilities that will enable transformational changes in prompt, survivable, long- range strike against using the Tactical Boost Glide (TBG) concept. The objective of the TBG effort is to develop and demonstrate the critical technologies that will enable an air launched tactical range, hypersonic boost-glide missile. Both efforts will build upon experience gained through recent hypersonic vehicle development and demonstration efforts supported by DARPA and the Air Force. These demonstrations are traceable to an operationally relevant weapon that could be launched from existing aircraft. Technology and concepts from these efforts will provide options or an operational weapon system for rapidly and effectively prosecuting targets in highly contested environments.
one can do only so much with shape. while i do believe shape was far more important in the past, with f22 and later projects i do suspect materials play an ever increasing role, perhaps even more than half the rcs reduction for certain wavelengths.The late great Lt. Gen. David J. "Marshall" McCloud - a former F-117 driver who was later on the ATF selection board told me that the success of very low observables aircraft depends on shape (as much as 85%), the remaining percentage on hiding engine(s), heat emission(s), and RAM. -SP