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Posted by Butch Hupomock9008 2018-11-22 09:04||
#2 Still trying to see the point of this weapon, other than the Cool Factor™. AEW drones at the horizon on the threat axis and arm them with interceptor missiles... To be going this fast for any distance will mean the missile will necessarily have to get bigger and bigger and bigger until it stops being a swarm weapon and becomes a strategic weapon.
Posted by magpie 2018-11-22 11:56||
#3 Something to do with Lockheed Martin possibly ?
Posted by Besoeker 2018-11-22 12:01||
#4 The metallurgy involved in the engine and its nosecone will be helpful in future SSTO development. But this thing will radiate enough thermal energy that any high altitude sensor can spot it in lane-of-sight, Stealthy it ain't. So get a swarm of loitering (probably stealthy as well) drones up high and just wait for the incandescent object to appear on their passive IR sensors.
Posted by magpie 2018-11-22 12:16||
#5 true, but speed, not stealth, is it's advantage
Posted by Frank G 2018-11-22 12:24||
#6 Velocity has a ferocity all its own. ;-)
Posted by Zorba Oppressor of the Ostrogoths8656 2018-11-22 17:58||