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Secret New UAS Shows Stealth, Efficiency Advances

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by stg58, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+ Founding Member

    Another "secret" spy aircraft is outed, the USA military can't keep a secret.

    Secret New UAS Shows Stealth, Efficiency Advances
    A large, classified unmanned aircraft developed by Northrop Grumman is now flying—and it demonstrates a major advance in combining stealth and aerodynamic efficiency. Defense and intelligence officials say the secret unmanned aerial system (UAS), designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, is scheduled to enter production for the U.S. Air Force and could be operational by 2015.

    Funded through the Air Force’s classified budget, the program to build this new UAS, dubbed the RQ-180, was awarded to Northrop Grumman after a competition that included Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The aircraft will conduct the penetrating ISR mission that has been left unaddressed, and under wide debate, since retirement of the Lockheed SR-71 in 1998.

    Neither the Air Force nor Northrop Grumman would speak about the classified airplane. When queried about the project, Air Force spokeswoman Jennifer Cassidy said, “The Air Force does not discuss this program.”

    The RQ-180 carries radio-frequency sensors such as active, electronically scanned array (AESA) radar and passive electronic surveillance measures, according to one defense official. It could also be capable of electronic attack missions.

    This aircraft’s design is key for the shift of Air Force ISR assets away from “permissive” environments—such as Iraq and Afghanistan, where Northrop Grumman’s non-stealthy Global Hawk and General Atomics’ Reaper operate—and toward operations in “contested” or “denied” airspace. The new UAS underpins the Air Force’s determination to retire a version of the RQ-4B Global Hawk after 2014, despite congressional resistance. The RQ-180 eclipses the smaller, less stealthy and shorter-range RQ-170 Sentinel.

  2. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    loose lips, sink ships.:(
  3. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    Nah, they just release the old stuff and make us think it's new. One has to wonder what they have up their sleeve when it comes to the real secret stuff.
  4. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Layers upon layers, business as usual.
  5. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    Remember the HAVE BLUE? It was flown back in the late 60's, but not released until the early 80's. What an ugly abomination that thing was... I'd be embarrassed to say that I was the test pilot of such a thing. Of course I'd fly it though (scooter syndrome).

    Remember the "goblin" when drawings were made available, heck even Testors had a model of it? A year later it was in full production known as the F-117 stealth fighter. Or, how about the Dark Star stealth drone? Same $h!t, different day.

    Just more of the same crap, they are just getting it ready to roll out on a massive scale.
    Brokor likes this.
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