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“Mystical Flights”: in the USA they talked about new tests of the composite aircraft “Son of Ares”

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The American press published material that talks about test flights of promising means aviation USA. Browser Tyler Rogway calls these trials "mystical flights."


The material says that the photographers managed to capture the flight of one of the most secret aircraft in the United States - the plane "Son Ares" (project 401 - by number on the fuselage).

New tests, as noted in the blogosphere and US media, were conducted on June 13. F-15 fighters also flew into the sky.



At the same time, the United States declares the possible availability of two variants of this aircraft: N401XP and the "twin" with a modified coating N401XD.

According to some reports, one of the directions of the tests was to verify the coverage of aircraft. There was also information about the modified (in comparison with the 2019 modifications) modification of the air intake.

In the edition of The Drive:

The photographer who took the pictures draws attention to the extremely bright shine coming from the fuselage, which made the plane very noticeable.

It is assumed that in certain areas the coating of the composite glider is made in the form of a mirror (reflective) surface. There is a version that this could be done in order to verify the action of the laser weapons. At the same time, a version is put forward that laser weapons have already been installed on board the aircraft themselves. However, no one can say exactly about the purpose, as well as about the covering of the fuselage, except for developers and customers, but they still remain silent (for the press).

During testing, it was reported that two “Ares Sons” were simultaneously involved, which carried out shooting of each other's flight modes. Flights were carried out at approximately the same height.

Attention is drawn to the electron-optical component of these composite aircraft. It is this component that is considered as a possible laser on board.

Earlier it was reported that Scaled Composites is engaged in such development by order of the US Navy. Testing is not the first time. The main test site is the Mojave Desert.

Earlier in the media, some characteristics of the “Son of Ares” were announced. For example, its low weight (due to the use of light and durable composites) is about 1700-1800 kg. Wingspan - 11 m. Maximum height - 9 km. The maximum payload is approximately equal to the mass of the aircraft itself - up to 1,8 tons.

It was noted that the aircraft may eventually appear in both manned and unmanned versions

For your information:

Ares is the god of war in ancient Greek mythology. Moreover, in myths he was distinguished by cruelty and cunning.
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  1. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 20 June 2020 10: 09
    +2
    Well, a composite plane ... what's so breakthrough? Is he the first composite? Or invisible-invisible?
    1. parusnik
      parusnik 20 June 2020 10: 22
      +5
      Well, like the fact that a laser weapon created on the basis of engineer Garin’s hyperboloid will be installed on it ..
      1. dauria
        dauria 20 June 2020 11: 42
        +5
        Well, like the fact that it will be equipped with laser weapons ...


        Don't invent miracles ... It's just a relatively cheap platform for testing and working out new, sometimes controversial things and ideas. A sort of Valkyrie drone with a cockpit just in case. In the 50s, so cruise missiles were brought to mind - the pilot sat and watched, and at the end he took control.
        But what struck me - the fascist He-162 scheme with an arrow-shaped wing, V plumage and a humpback engine came in handy in a new light of low ESR and low cost. But this airplane was called an aerodynamic freak.
        1. Mountain shooter
          Mountain shooter 20 June 2020 16: 23
          -1
          Quote: dauria
          But what struck me - the scheme of the fascist He-162 with swept wings

          This "viper" flew. But it's too bad. A strong pick-up moment ... Not a "wunderwolf" ...
        2. KVIRTU
          KVIRTU 21 June 2020 14: 29
          0
          Amet-Khan miraculously did not crash on such a manned prototype RCC. At the training ground near Feodosia, the bombers performed their paired launches in the Red Caucasus. Well, the pilots argued among themselves who is closer to the target ship, when the KR is on a combat course, will turn off the automation. As a result, he did not switch to manual control, but managed to turn off the power of the drives, boosters, and went right over the cruiser. They blew everyone involved.
      2. Avior
        Avior 20 June 2020 12: 03
        -1
        The hyperboloid of engineer Garin is not a laser weapon and not a laser at all smile
        1. dauria
          dauria 20 June 2020 12: 25
          +1
          The hyperboloid of engineer Garin is not a laser weapon and not a laser at all


          And not a hyperboloid. laughing A curve with focus and parallel beam is a parabola, not a hyperbola. There must be a Garin paraboloid.
          1. parusnik
            parusnik 20 June 2020 12: 34
            +4
            You won’t put a smile .... Denoting sarcasm ... So much criticism at once laughing
          2. Avior
            Avior 20 June 2020 12: 52
            -1
            then "two paraboloids".
            There is a construction of two elements.
          3. poquello
            poquello 20 June 2020 17: 21
            +1
            Quote: dauria
            The hyperboloid of engineer Garin is not a laser weapon and not a laser at all


            And not a hyperboloid. laughing A curve with focus and parallel beam is a parabola, not a hyperbola. There must be a Garin paraboloid.

            "the charter says: it is not recommended to put the gun on its side"
            The whole secret is in the hyperbolic mirror (A), resembling the shape of an ordinary searchlight mirror, and in a piece of shamonite (B),
    2. eklmn
      eklmn 20 June 2020 16: 19
      +1
      Do you feel the smell of naphthalene from October 2017?
      The editors need to fill out the column, and here they are rummaging in junk.
      https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/15105/watch-scaled-composites-stealthy-new-test-aircraft-takeoff-for-the-first-time
      where N401X (P) is the pilot, D is the drone.
    3. APASUS
      APASUS 20 June 2020 22: 28
      0
      Quote: Mountain Shooter
      Well, a composite plane ... what's so breakthrough? Is he the first composite? Or invisible-invisible?

      Flying lab
  2. Thrifty
    Thrifty 20 June 2020 10: 21
    -4
    Ares would have strangled such a son in the cradle, an illegitimate miscarriage of the US military-industrial complex. ... negative
  3. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 20 June 2020 10: 26
    0
    belay
    Quote: parusnik
    Well, like the fact that a laser weapon created on the basis of engineer Garin’s hyperboloid will be installed on it ..

    Laser, laser ... laser cutting of material is a gorgeous thing, we use it with might and main, it saves time and money. But as a physicist, I see so many limitations in his role as a weapon ... If the enemy does not burn optics and eyes, perhaps ... belay
    1. parusnik
      parusnik 20 June 2020 10: 31
      +2
      If the optics and eyes of the enemy are not burned out unless
      ... That's just for it laughing
    2. Doliva63
      Doliva63 20 June 2020 19: 31
      0
      Quote: Mountain Shooter
      belay
      Quote: parusnik
      Well, like the fact that a laser weapon created on the basis of engineer Garin’s hyperboloid will be installed on it ..

      Laser, laser ... laser cutting of material is a gorgeous thing, we use it with might and main, it saves time and money. But as a physicist, I see so many limitations in his role as a weapon ... If the enemy does not burn optics and eyes, perhaps ... belay

      You did not find a platoon of sight in the PTDn SMEs? This was exactly what they were doing until Humpbacked, in order to please the Yankees, liquidated. am
  4. lucul
    lucul 20 June 2020 10: 42
    +1
    The maximum payload is approximately equal to the mass of the aircraft itself - up to 1,8 tons.

    And where will he get the energy for the laser from? ))) there you need megawatts - will Ares give it? )))
  5. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 20 June 2020 10: 52
    +2
    "Mystical flights"
    So I did not understand, but what, in the opinion of the observer, is the "mysticism" of these test flights? Does it shine and glare in the sun? If it appeared not clear from where and disappeared not clear where, then it would still be possible to tie somehow to mysticism.
  6. knn54
    knn54 20 June 2020 11: 10
    +1
    P = U * Q / t
    P is the power (W);
    U is the voltage (V);
    Q is the electric charge (Ah);
    t is the discharge time (h).
    In real conditions, the energy output of the battery is non-linear.
    1 Ah = 12 W. for 12 V and discharge for 1 hour.
    Well, then the laser shot pulse duration is less than 1 second.
    As an option, a set of batteries (recharging is possible from the aircraft engine) and a laser cannon. The number of shots will be limited. Perhaps the aircraft will not be reusable. And the coverage area will be where it is "a pity" (there is no possibility) to use heavy shock UAVs. manned aircraft.
    Something like this.
    1. Avior
      Avior 20 June 2020 12: 06
      +3
      The internal resistance of the battery limits its permissible current.
      If it is discharged in 1 second, most of the energy will be spent on heating the battery itself.
  7. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 20 June 2020 11: 37
    +4
    The laser, I suppose, was dragged just like that.
    Check out something else.
  8. Krasnodar
    Krasnodar 20 June 2020 12: 14
    +1
    And which son - Phobos, Deimos or Anteros? laughing
  9. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 20 June 2020 13: 24
    +1
    "Bird" is very similar to the new UAVs, which must operate in conjunction with fighters and carry weapons. Maybe the modes are working out.
  10. Grazdanin
    Grazdanin 20 June 2020 14: 27
    +3
    Another experimental aircraft or UAV in the United States at the same time hundreds of such pilot projects. Grow that interesting, we will look.
  11. Cowbra
    Cowbra 20 June 2020 18: 09
    0
    Pictures are a bit better. Mirror under the cab:


    Suspected Laser Suspension:

    By the way, all together suggests that the rumors about the futility of our Relight are somewhat exaggerated by the children, as usual. It is precisely from him that protection is being developed.
  12. businessv
    businessv 20 June 2020 23: 32
    +1
    Ares is the god of war in ancient Greek mythology. Moreover, in myths he was distinguished by cruelty and cunning.
    Well, the Ares Son is not Ares himself, so let's hope for the story that nature rests on the children of geniuses (gods)!
  13. ork_333
    ork_333 21 June 2020 09: 53
    +1
    Ares son, this is something ... The usual names have already ended. Wangyu continuation of the line: brother-in-law of Hephaestus, matchmaker Phobos, mother-in-law of Zeus, etc.
  14. AlexYa
    AlexYa 21 June 2020 20: 27
    0
    "Son of Ares", somehow not relevant. Should be renamed "Son of Lumumba".
  15. Tom Johnson
    Tom Johnson 22 June 2020 01: 03
    +1
    A small analog of Predator C Avenger. One is manned and the other unmanned so that new systems can be evaluated.