CLEARANCE: Top Secret
- Oct 29, 2007
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Is there any information about the new supersonic drone at the top of the photo Deino? Any idea as to the name is.
Thanks for trying Flyaway.Regarding the new high speed drone, here’s an article of speculation. Yes I know it’s from that site some frown upon here.
The drone is similar to ones that have been spotted in satellite images in recent years, which could indicate it is approaching an operational state.www.thedrive.com
Or maybe it's air launched (hence the flatbed truck, and it does have lugs on top) and the rockets boost it to high speed-altitude and it glides the rest? Think Kh-22/32.I think this project was initially said to be a testbed for high speed, hypersonic engines. This looks more like an aerodynamic testbed using off the shelf rocket engines to me. Maybe the scramjets / turboramjets are coming later
Thx.This article from 2017 was posted on Chinese forums as possibly related. Apparently its about rocket powered UAVs, and says prior to the paper being published, the rocket drone had been tested (or experimentally performed) 18 times. With no power system failure, and only one camera failure occurred.
The gear also reads to me as a strike against the "Targeting Carrier Groups" theory, unless the idea is to fly around to the east of the carrier and launch toward the mainland.I don't understand also why it has a landing gear. If this has only two rocket engines, the return weight will be fairly low given the size of the thing. A parachute recovery or even skids would seems more suited.
Yeah, you'd think they would at least align them with line of flight.
Might be on explosive bolts tho...
who told that they are regular flight equipment? may be only used for transportation
Look like standard mounting lugs used for lifting and transport. They don't look like they come off so they may be structural, which would make sense in context for moving them around and then attaching to the launching vehicle. The normal boost/glide, (I think that's the correct mission parameter for the design) AoA is going to be slightly nose high, (very much like the way they are set on the trailers) which puts the lugs in the aerodynamic 'shadow' of the fuselage during supersonic flight. I also don't see any indication of doors or hatches for letting a camera peek out during flight but those could be covered.China was putting their best foot forward to impress everyone. If those lugs could be unscrewed in 5 minutes, they would have been.