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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #765 on: August 13, 2017, 04:16:22 am »
"arsenal platforms" in order to deploy substantial numbers of weapons in a potential regional conflict, according to the then-Pentagon acquisition executive. Also, the task force was to investigate what manufacturing practices might enable "rapid production of large numbers of low-cost weapons,"

needs to be low cost reuseable weapons platforms still need hypersonics.

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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #767 on: August 17, 2017, 01:20:24 pm »
White House OMB sends out FY-19 defense R&D wish list

The White House Office of Management and Budget wants the Defense Department to give “special focus” to missile defense, hypersonic weapons, autonomous and space-based systems as well as other technologies when drawing up research and development investments for fiscal year 2019, according to a recent memo.
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #768 on: August 17, 2017, 02:32:14 pm »
Great

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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #770 on: September 19, 2017, 12:42:52 pm »
Orbital ATK Receives $21 Million Hypersonic Propulsion Contract from DARPA

http://www.parabolicarc.com/2017/09/19/orbital-atk-darpa-contract/

That engine looks not dissimilar to the engine Aerojet Rocketdyne are developing for the so called LM SR-72.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/aviation/a26796/hypersonic-sr-72-aircraft/
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #771 on: September 27, 2017, 07:43:20 pm »
RAND Report - Hypersonic Missile Nonproliferation

https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR2137.html
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #772 on: September 28, 2017, 02:22:50 am »
Amid SR-72 Rumors, Skunk Works Ramps Up Hypersonics

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“Although I can’t go into specifics, let us just say the Skunk Works team in Palmdale, California, is doubling down on our commitment to speed,” says Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president of aeronautics at Lockheed Martin, speaking at the SAE International Aerotech Congress and Exhibition here.

“Simply put, I believe the United States is on the verge of a hypersonics revolution,” he says.

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Referencing ongoing development of the Darpa/U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Tactical Boost Glide weapon and Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept research program, the latter in competition with Raytheon, Carvalho says, “Over the last decade progress has been moving quickly, and hypersonic technology is clearly becoming apparent to everyone as a game changer. We continue to advance and test technology which will benefit hypersonic flight and are working on multiple programs, including two Darpa efforts. Speed matters, especially when it comes to national security.”


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Skunk Works is believed to be planning the start of FRV development next year, with first flight targeted for 2020. The FRV will be around the same size as an F-22 and powered by a full-scale, combined-cycle engine. However, in the run-up to the demonstrator development, Lockheed is thought to be testing several discrete technologies in a series of ground and flight tests.

According to information provided to Aviation Week, one such technology demonstrator, believed to be an unmanned subscale aircraft, was observed flying into the U.S. Air Force’s Plant 42 at Palmdale, where Skunk Works is headquartered. The vehicle, which was noted landing in the early hours at an unspecified date in late July, was seen with two T-38 escorts. Lockheed Martin declined to comment directly on the sighting.

The company previously has said the follow-on step would be development of a full-scale, twin-engined SR-72. With roughly the same proportions as the SR-71, the larger vehicle would enter flight test in the late 2020s.

“Hypersonics is like stealth. It is a disruptive technology and will enable various platforms to operate at two to three times the speed of the Blackbird,” Carvalho says. “Operational survivability and lethality is the ultimate deterrent. Security classification guidance will only allow us to say the speed is greater than Mach 5.”

http://m.aviationweek.com/defense/amid-sr-72-rumors-skunk-works-ramps-hypersonics
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #773 on: September 28, 2017, 06:10:36 am »
Great , great  :o

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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #774 on: September 28, 2017, 09:34:06 am »
Great , great  :o

Do you think this source that told them was LM off the record, after all how many people are going to see such an event on a high security military base?

Me thinks this project is further along than advertised and such talk helps drum up interest and funds from the politicians.
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #775 on: September 28, 2017, 09:54:23 am »
Or it could be another Blackstar / Aurora.
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #776 on: September 28, 2017, 10:14:24 am »
Or it could be another Blackstar / Aurora.

For a so called classified project LM sure do like giving us regular updates and there has to be a reason for this, and I bet the fate of the above projects is part of their thinking.

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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #777 on: September 28, 2017, 10:28:06 am »
1) Did the sighting actually happen, since the supposed sighting is based on reports from unnamed sources, observers, etc?

2) If yes, was the vehicle related in some way to a hypersonic development program, or was it something more prosaic?

3) If it is related to hypersonic development, then we should begin to see logistical evidence -- fuel storage, test equipment, special materials fabrication capabilities.

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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #778 on: September 28, 2017, 11:31:09 am »
1) Did the sighting actually happen, since the supposed sighting is based on reports from unnamed sources, observers, etc?

2) If yes, was the vehicle related in some way to a hypersonic development program, or was it something more prosaic?

3) If it is related to hypersonic development, then we should begin to see logistical evidence -- fuel storage, test equipment, special materials fabrication capabilities.

I personally feel in this case when they say unnamed sources that you need to read between the lines, notice they said LM did not comment directly on the sighting that sounds like a journalists nudge & wink to the reader especially as the article reads like PR for LM.

Have some questions of my own. Were the T-38s needed to accompany it because it was an unmanned vehicle? Would they belong to LM or the USAF?
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #779 on: September 30, 2017, 03:30:00 pm »
Never seen this concept image before.

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Stephen Trimble @FG_STrim
In 2016, DARPA released a concept of a vehicle that would use the SR-72's propulsion system. Keep your eyes out for this, Antelope Valley.

https://mobile.twitter.com/FG_STrim/status/913813922049818625