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The US Air Force has signed a contract to develop a hypersonic strike and reconnaissance aircraft

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The US Air Force has signed a contract to develop a hypersonic strike and reconnaissance aircraft

The United States does not abandon attempts, if not to overtake, then at least catch up with Russia and China in terms of developing and creating hypersonic weapons. So far, the Pentagon is not going well with the testing of supersonic missiles, so they apparently decided to take asymmetric measures.


The US Air Force held a competition, as a result of which they signed a contract with the American company Leidos to develop a hypersonic aircraft capable of performing reconnaissance and strike functions. And although the work is being carried out as part of the secret Mayhem program, some details of the deal have become known to The Drive online publication.

The development company must design and create a multifunctional hypersonic platform capable of carrying various loads for both reconnaissance and strike missions. The Drive reports that an early description of the Mayhem aircraft was fully consistent with what the SR-72 unmanned hypersonic aircraft, which the Skunk Works division of Lockheed Martin Corporation is working on, should look like.

By the way, back in 2016, Leidos teamed up with the IT sector of Lockheed Martin to create the largest IT services provider in the defense industry. So, if the hypersonic drone model goes into production, then it is obvious who will get the contract for its production.

The online publication reports that the maximum amount of a contract for the development of a hypersonic aircraft that Leidos can receive under the Mayhem program is $ 334 million. The first information about the project became known to the general public in 2020 and was associated with plans to develop engines for hypersonic vehicles, which were planned to be completed in October 2028.

It is possible that, given the further development of hypersonic weapons by Russia and China, the United States by this time will still remain in the role of catching up.
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  1. shikin
    shikin 17 December 2022 18: 07
    +7
    I wonder how he will carry out reconnaissance in hypersound? And what intelligence at that speed?
    1. Sith
      Sith 17 December 2022 18: 14
      +5
      The question is still different ... why do reconnaissance on the hyper ... when the whole sky is already littered with satellites ...
      And such a miracle obviously does not fly low
      1. Shurik70
        Shurik70 17 December 2022 19: 50
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        Quote from shikin
        I wonder how he will carry out reconnaissance in hypersound? And what intelligence at that speed?

        Well, it's clear how.
        If they didn’t shoot down, it means that missile defense against hypersound is not here.
        (this is sarcasm if you don't get it)

        Quote from Sith
        The question is still different ... why do reconnaissance on the hyper ... when the whole sky is already littered with satellites ...
        And such a miracle obviously does not fly low

        Satellites - this will be the first thing that will be shot down by those who survive after the initial exchange of nuclear strikes
        1. bayard
          bayard 17 December 2022 21: 40
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          Quote: Shurik70
          Satellites - this will be the first thing that will be shot down

          Launching new ones is much easier and faster, this does not require airfield infrastructure, they can be launched from missile silos or even with the help of SLBMs, having several pieces on several SSBNs. Such missiles as part of the SSBN BC were back in the 80s, both with us and with the States. And with the supply of such satellites today, the United States cannot have any problems at all.
          So they decided to correct the theme of the SR-72 - to make a strike complex ... It will be a large and very expensive fool, even if it works out. They now have about 15 different hypersound programs, some of them will definitely "shoot", the only question is when.
          1. Fisherman
            Fisherman 17 December 2022 23: 53
            +2
            they still have a weakly controlled flight ceiling - 5 ji, we have a controlled flight - 28 ji, so ten years before our current position they will shove and shove, if they are still lucky with the researchers.
            1. bayard
              bayard 18 December 2022 00: 41
              +2
              Actually, they have the X-37, which can attack directly from orbit. Like our "Vanguard", however - if on the "Sarmat" (in the future) and through the South Pole.
              And the demonstrator that they flew (at Mach 5), there is neither a control system, nor a warhead, and the range is not very good. This is still far from a full-fledged ammunition.
              1. Fisherman
                Fisherman 18 December 2022 14: 53
                +3
                They have only two X-37s, they are still far from full combat duty .... and with the Vanguards, since 2019, at least two regiments have been on constant combat duty! The difference is huge!
                1. bayard
                  bayard 18 December 2022 16: 56
                  +1
                  Quote: Fisherman
                  They have only two X-37s, they are still far from full combat duty ..

                  And what do you think they do for a year and a half in orbit?
                  This is what duty is. Ready to attack from orbit on command the highest priority targets. The rest of the blizzard in the ears is disinformation and a cover operation, because the treaty prohibits the placement of weapons in space.
                  1. svoroponov
                    svoroponov 19 December 2022 12: 02
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                    He flies without nuclear weapons. By the fact that if something bad happens, it may not fall on the territory controlled by the Americans at all, but on ours and even explode .. And then what? In addition, its trajectory is like that of a satellite with the possibility of correction. So if anything, then even before the start of the database they will try to destroy it in the first place, just in case.
                    1. bayard
                      bayard 20 December 2022 14: 24
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                      Quote: svoroponov
                      So if anything, then even before the start of the database they will try to destroy it in the first place, just in case.

                      So, for this, the possibility of correcting the orbit was given to him, so that on the back side of the ball to us, the orbit is corrected and enter the target from an unexpected side for us. And in this case, the time for reaction will be a multiple less than in the case of ICBMs from their territory. Do not look for another destination for them, it simply does not exist. This is a megaton-class combat retrievable munition. And just for the very first - not even a disarming, but a decapitating blow.
                      In response to the database, we got "Poseidons".
                      1. svoroponov
                        svoroponov 21 December 2022 12: 21
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                        Control of outer space over the territory of Russia and on all approaches has been fully restored. All space objects have been taken under the supervision of the Aerospace Forces. Just quickly change the direction of approach and approach from any side, not a single satellite or other spacecraft is able to, it’s not a car on the road where it took it, slowed down and turned around to detour. Missile defense systems are capable of destroying objects at altitudes up to 1000 km. , while the truth is not in all directions. But it seems that a mobile installation with a Nudol-type rocket and work up to this height has been developed and handed over for testing. In addition, a missile has been developed to destroy satellites in geostationary orbits, although there is no news about the tests yet.
                        In addition, there are (already are) weapons based on new physical principles. True, the development legs are growing from the USSR, but also very promising.
                        The technology is complex but interesting.
                      2. bayard
                        bayard 21 December 2022 20: 45
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                        Quote: svoroponov
                        Control of outer space over the territory of Russia and on all approaches has been fully restored.

                        Are you talking about early warning stations? They scan the perimeter of the borders. In a continuous field above the Russian Federation itself, I am not sure, being myself a radar specialist.
                        Quote: svoroponov
                        .All space objects are taken under the supervision of the Aerospace Forces

                        As far as possible, but there are already tens of thousands of them, and most of them are just rubbish, among which you can get lost. But it is precisely for the X-37 that they try to follow especially, controlling each orbit correction.
                        Quote: svoroponov
                        Just quickly change the direction of approach and approach from any side, not a single satellite or other spacecraft is able to,

                        If there are engines and a supply of fuel on board, any corrections to the orbit are possible. And by making such a correction outside the zone of control of Russian surveillance equipment (Western Hemisphere), the spacecraft may not be identified as X-37. Moreover, if such a spacecraft starts deorbiting, this cannot always be identified as an attack, because spacecraft regularly leave low orbits, burn up in the atmosphere or fall to Earth. And there will be very little time to make a decision to intercept and to intercept itself. This is what the calculation is for - "a sudden lightning strike". They have been running around with this idea since the 90s.
                        Quote: svoroponov
                        Missile defense systems are capable of destroying objects at altitudes up to 1000 km.

                        But these are the declared characteristics, how it will actually be there. Moreover, "Nudol", this is Moscow's missile defense system, and our country is a little larger.
                        Quote: svoroponov
                        it seems that a mobile installation with a Nudol-type missile was developed and transferred for testing

                        This has not yet been demonstrated, "Nudol" usually started from a silo. There was talk about the inclusion of "Nudoli" in the S-500 BC, but so far without confirmation. After all, the main thing here is not the rocket itself, but the radar. And it must be mobile. Whether the MFRS from the S-500 will cope with this task is a question.
                        Quote: svoroponov
                        a rocket has been developed to destroy satellites in geostationary orbits, although there is no news about the tests yet

                        It must be a very large (for any combat) rocket, and the process itself will take quite a lot of time. The task is not easy (as well as the launch of a geosynchronous satellite into orbit), but for Russia it is quite solvable.
                        Quote: svoroponov
                        (already exist) weapons based on new physical principles

                        And what "new principles" can the science of Physics have?
                        You should not quote the journalist Rogozin, who introduced this term for the sake of a "red word" without any technical content.
                        Are you talking about lasers? So they have been known for a long time. And the real characteristics of the same "Peresvet" were not named anywhere. The United States is already putting combat lasers on ships as a means of short-range air defense. They are working on it in Israel, China, Europe and even Turkey.
                        Now is not the time to throw hats, we are already in a state of global conflict, and the ceremonial bragging of the Minister of Defense without a military education has already shown all its ringing emptiness, which has turned into embarrassment and shame ... over .
                        "Better to be than to seem" - Gaius Julius Caesar's motto.
                        Our own hands-manship for all recent years / decades (post-Soviet) preferred ... "to seem".
                        And you have to BE.
                      3. svoroponov
                        svoroponov 22 December 2022 20: 35
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                        Even an orbit correction is a few turns, and there was talk about a change in direction.
                        The radar field has indeed been completely restored. In addition, a couple more stations will be introduced for safety net and duplication, plus the modernization of older stations and the modification of already new ones. By the way, they track objects with very high accuracy, so aiming missiles at satellites with the help of these stations is quite solvable and rather already a solved problem. After all, it was not for nothing that the Americans started talking about replacing these satellites with satellites that can defend themselves from interception.
                        The military showed a map of the field of view. Yes, and if you follow these questions, you should see that the field has indeed been restored.
                        The interception of satellites in geostationary orbit was developed on the basis of Sarmat. Although based on Satan
                        there are missiles. There is no need to destroy them all. Enough 5-6 working on the Eurasian part
                        Europe and Russia. The rest they will not be able to redistribute quickly.
                        By Musk. Starlink satellites are small, low-orbit satellites. Orbit corrections are often not provided for them. Part during the first year is lost for one reason or another. Now he has launched a hundred satellites to make up for losses. He confirmed this in an interview with some local news channel.
                        Now for the laser. The laser beam has a problem when passing through the atmosphere. So our developers have found a way to use another radiation to make the laser beam exit without losing energy outside the atmosphere. That is, a beam in a beam. Soviet development, tests were carried out according to this technique and seem to be successful. Then the topic was gone. And only in 2016 there was a small message about the testing of weapons with this principle of operation. And that's all for now.
                  2. Fisherman
                    Fisherman 20 December 2022 09: 48
                    +1
                    they are not on duty, they carry out raids .... days and hours ... before they are stamped and put on duty, years of raids and experiments pass. Two - it's about nothing, our combat robots-satellites, which "suddenly" wake up after supposedly unsuccessful launches - make a senseless waste of money and resources out of the X-37. The price / effectiveness of counteraction is too different.
                    1. bayard
                      bayard 20 December 2022 14: 28
                      0
                      Quote: Fisherman
                      Two - it's about nothing, our combat robots-satellites, which "suddenly" wake up after supposedly unsuccessful launches - make a senseless waste of money and resources out of the X-37.

                      And who said that there are only two of them? So far, yes, tests for flight duration, autonomy, MTBF. And more than a dozen of these birds can be released on the database.
                      And don’t tell anyone about this - there are so many satellites Musk launches, and you can’t count them.
                      1. Fisherman
                        Fisherman 21 December 2022 08: 58
                        0
                        Such troughs cannot be massively hidden, especially their flights. There are only two of them and one more experimental, on which experiments with new equipment are carried out, but on the ground.
                      2. bayard
                        bayard 21 December 2022 10: 59
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                        Quote: Fisherman
                        Such troughs cannot be massively hidden

                        These are not such troughs, there is SO MUCH garbage in orbits. If you especially maneuver in front of the eyes (!) of Russian surveillance equipment, then no one will pay attention to these pieces of "garbage". There are already tens of thousands of active and old satellites. And even more of it is garbage - the remnants of the last stages of launch vehicles.
                        Quote: Fisherman
                        There are only two of them and one more experimental, on which experiments

                        That's what they told you. Nobody can tell you how things really are. In the USSR, only flight (!) Buran samples were prepared in the amount of 10 pieces, not counting the experimental ones, for crew training, design experiments and technology development. And each Buran was supposed to carry 15 Thors (a hypersonic gliding BB of a megaton class (about 2 Mt.)).
                        Once again - there is NO justification for the very existence and presence of such rocket planes in orbit, except as a military, strike, operating from the duty mode in orbit.
                      3. Fisherman
                        Fisherman 21 December 2022 14: 52
                        0
                        I already understood that you are not aware of how air and outer space is monitored. There, every piece of free-flying metal is accounted for and controlled, and even such large hamsters as the X-37 - in general, almost like launching a ballistic missile and its flight - are controlled online.
                      4. bayard
                        bayard 21 December 2022 21: 06
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                        Quote: Fisherman
                        controlled online.

                        I know that control over the X-37 is a special priority, but by WHAT means are you able to ensure control online? Does the Russian Federation have such a developed orbital grouping? With the means of radar and optical surveillance and identification (!) of remote orbital objects?
                        Quote: Fisherman
                        I already understood that you are not aware of how air and outer space is monitored.

                        A young man, for several years of my youth I provided spacecraft deorbiting and landing within the framework of radar support. By the way, the only flight of "Buran", too. So I understand something about this.
                        Quote: Fisherman
                        There, every piece of free-flying metal is accounted for

                        This is true . But there are many tens of thousands of these "pieces of metal". They collide (sometimes) with each other, sometimes involuntarily change their orbit due to unauthorized release of the remnants of compressed gas from the engines of the correction / control systems, are periodically slowed down by the atmosphere and deorbit, burning up and falling apart into pieces. And the pieces fall ... sometimes almost on people's heads. It is a dynamic process with many variables. And the Russian Federation today does not have the ability to control outer space in both hemispheres (under the USSR, specialized ships / vessels were engaged in this).
                        Personally, I really hope that all the maneuvers of the X-37s will not escape our observation, and an attempt to deorbit with a descent into the territory of the Russian Federation will entail its interception and destruction. Fortunately, now there is something - "Nudol" of the Moscow Missile Defense System and S-500 with the ability to intercept both IRBMs, ICBMs, and spacecraft in orbit, or deorbiting.
                      5. Fisherman
                        Fisherman 22 December 2022 11: 04
                        +1
                        a young man, back in the 80s, at the base in Bear Lakes, I clearly imagined what we could do, and we did not stand still all these decades. Now we don’t need bulky ships for space control (although they definitely wouldn’t be superfluous, for data verification and multipolarity of obtaining information), as well as bases around the world, there are more advanced and economical solutions.
              2. SavranP
                SavranP 18 December 2022 21: 11
                0
                X-37 is structurally and aerodynamically similar to the Soviet BOR (combat orbital robot). Most likely copied: in the 90s they sold everything and everything.
                1. bayard
                  bayard 20 December 2022 14: 33
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                  Quote: SavranP
                  X-37 is structurally and aerodynamically similar to the Soviet BOR (combat orbital robot)

                  That's right, the ideology of duty / use was removed from him.
                  Only with us, from 3 to 5 Buranovs with 15 Bors each on board were supposed to go up on duty. From three launch launch complexes (former lunar, permanent for H-1). the Americans simplified and combined the functions of Bor and Buran for themselves by making a returnable, reusable spacecraft with YaBZ on board the megaton class. And since the withdrawal of weapons into space is prohibited by treaties, they pour nonsense into the ears of the naive about "scientific experiments" and ... "transfer of weapons to other continents."
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    3. Dead duck
      Dead duck 18 December 2022 11: 22
      +1
      Do you think there is nothing else besides the optical range?
      Yes, and the vessel is provided for multi-purpose.
  2. dauria
    dauria 17 December 2022 18: 20
    +2
    The United States will still be catching up by this time.

    This is an aircraft with a ramjet (and possibly a combined ramjet-turbojet) engine, and not an aeroballistic blank.
    Here they have no backlog. And taking into account the experience of the SR-71, descent spaceplanes and the flight of a rocket with a full-fledged scramjet for five hundred km
    - here the Chinese are already here and we are swallowing dust behind them.
    1. poquello
      poquello 17 December 2022 18: 36
      +7
      Quote: dauria
      This is an aircraft with a ramjet (and possibly a combined ramjet-turbojet) engine, and not an aeroballistic blank.
      Here they have no backlog. And taking into account the experience of SR-71, descent spaceplanes

      unique experience then? put a candle to them from their 3529,56 km / h, taking into account the fact that Mig31 flies 3000 km / h with the difference that this is a full-fledged combat aircraft)))))
      Quote: dauria
      flight of a rocket with a full-fledged scramjet for five hundred km

      and from this place in more detail
      1. dauria
        dauria 17 December 2022 21: 17
        0
        and from this place in more detail

        Even Skomorokhov has an article on VO .https://topwar.ru/200780-ssha-nanosit-otvetnyj-giper-udar.html
        Actually, that was 2 years ago. Altitude 20 km, range 500 km, time less than 5 minutes. Rocket Raytheon HAWC, Northrop Grumman. And recently, Lockheed Martin successfully tested his. Both with a full-fledged scramjet with supersonic combustion.
        The SR differs from the MiG-25 (or 31) not just in speed, but in terms of engines - it is actually a combined ramjet-turbojet engine with a separate direct-flow circuit to the afterburner (though with a slight preload in the first stages of the compressor). Throw in the thermal sheathing from their spaceplanes - in fact, they have all the necessary technology. Of course, they will stumble somewhere, slow down for a while. But here they are walking ahead of everyone, this cannot be taken away.
        1. bayard
          bayard 17 December 2022 21: 58
          +2
          Quote: dauria
          The SR differs from the MiG-25 (or 31) not just in speed, but in engines - it is actually a combined ramjet-turbojet engine with a separate direct-flow circuit to the afterburner (though with a slight preload in the first stages of the compressor)

          In fact, the MiG-31 engines have exactly the same bypass system from the first stages of the compressor to the afterburner. Even visually (in hardware) it looks very similar. And taking into account the fact that now the upgraded MiG-31s ​​are equipped with an upgraded version of engines with afterburner thrust no longer 15 kg.s, but the same as those of the SR-500 71 kg.s. wink And after replacing the glazing of the canopy (namely, the material of the canopy limited the maximum speed to 3000 km / h), the maximum allowed speed for the MiG-31 is already 3200 km / h. These are thermal limitations, engines allow more.
          And of course, the MiG-25 and MiG-31 are serial combat fighters with weapons and capable of fighting. And the SR-71 is a pure reconnaissance aircraft.
          Quote: dauria
          Add thermal cladding from their space planes

          In general, both China and the Russian Federation have the same spaceplanes - the very Avangard (so as not to remember the Soviet Bor and Buran.
          Quote: dauria
          here they walk ahead of everyone

          Unless in some components, and not the key ones.
          Most importantly, such a device as ... belay reconnaissance ... is surprising and distrustful. And as a strike complex ... too large, complex and expensive, and also requires high-quality airfield infrastructure. Therefore, I do not believe in the prospect of such an apparatus, except as a demonstration of technology.
          1. Fisherman
            Fisherman 17 December 2022 23: 57
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            "Therefore, I do not believe in the prospect of such an apparatus, except as a demonstration of technology." - you have to believe ... in His Majesty the Cut, the US military-industrial complex lives and does not grieve on this on a single continent, they can produce arbitrarily weak waffles (like the shameful Patriot) without compromising their defenses - anyway, no one attacks this garbage dump with aircraft and it’s not going to be ships with a landing force, they didn’t resist anyone, Poseidons under the shore!
            1. bayard
              bayard 18 December 2022 00: 44
              +1
              "Poseidon" is now really the head of everything.
              By the way, a good tool for the Preemptive Strike, which the Supreme High Command promised to think about.
              1. Fisherman
                Fisherman 18 December 2022 14: 46
                -1
                agree! Moreover, the Yankees found out with satellite images (an analysis of the landing and displacement) that Belgorod had recently "lost" exactly a couple of Poseidons somewhere. And a couple of Poseidons is the destruction of a couple of the largest US naval bases, along with nearby cities, and the contamination of territories for a couple of hundred years.
            2. yablocko
              yablocko 18 December 2022 21: 32
              0
              As I understand it, the site is filled with bots. No matter what comments - everyone around is stupid, they can’t do anything. And we are the smartest, and we excel in everything.
              One hat-shaking, which means stupidity.
              Or bots, which is more readily believed.
        2. poquello
          poquello 17 December 2022 22: 22
          -1
          Quote: dauria
          Even Skomorokhov at VO has become

          and there is only one water
          Quote: dauria
          Actually, that was 2 years ago. Altitude 20 km, range 500 km, time less than 5 minutes. Rocket Raytheon HAWC, Northrop Grumman. And recently, Lockheed Martin successfully tested his.

          roughly speaking, they dispersed her on a plane, dropped her, she flew by Mach 5 speed, everything
          Quote: dauria
          SR differs from the MiG-25 (or 31) not just in speed, but in engines

          great! did you pay attention to the speed of the tested CR?
          Quote: dauria
          But here they are walking ahead of everyone, this cannot be taken away.

          and with them someone goes in this direction so that they walk ahead? in Skomorokhov's article and on Habré they draw attention to the fact that you cannot catch up with such an object, but our sketches are designed for objects with a higher speed
        3. svoroponov
          svoroponov 19 December 2022 12: 20
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          Americans say and try to do a lot of things. But often this remains in the development stage. Sometimes it reaches the final but with the same result - low fighting qualities at a “horse” price.
          As an example, they announced the development of cold nuclear fusion (we have its students in Moscow, in the laboratory of one of the respected Physics and Technology University, as an experiment, until this year it has been carried out for 10 years). The Americans said and silence.
          Now here's the fusion declared. But the problem is not just the irradiation of the nucleus with lasers, this has already happened in practice, here you still need to check what is really there, but the retention of the resulting plasma with heat removal for needs and the generation of useful energy from it. There is silence.
          Electromagnetic gun - there is a sample, there is no result. Well, and so on.
          The achievement is simply announced, money is attracted from the state and investors, but the result - well, I couldn’t, I couldn’t - and the money has already been spent. The process is repeated on another topic. As long as there are idiots...
    2. Bingo
      Bingo 17 December 2022 18: 46
      +1
      Quote: dauria
      There is no lag here.

      How is communication with a hypersonic facility in the US, not to be confused with a supersonic aircraft? But in any way - the plasma interferes. They are lagging behind, and China is unknown. Until they talked about hitting targets, that is, missile guidance
    3. lucul
      lucul 17 December 2022 19: 56
      +3
      This is an aircraft with a ramjet (and possibly a combined ramjet-turbojet) engine

      Where are the puffs? )))
      They declared about SDI with the same aplomb (they say it’s about to go into the series).
    4. fa2998
      fa2998 17 December 2022 20: 01
      0
      Quote: dauria
      This is an aircraft with a ramjet (and possibly a combined ramjet-turbojet) engine, and not an aeroballistic blank.

      I think a FULL-FULL hypersonic aircraft should have a ramjet. The easiest way is to "hook" a ground-based missile under a high-speed aircraft - the speeds will partially add up, the range will increase - and call it a hypersonic weapon. lol hi hi hi
      1. poquello
        poquello 17 December 2022 22: 25
        -1
        Quote: fa2998
        Quote: dauria
        This is an aircraft with a ramjet (and possibly a combined ramjet-turbojet) engine, and not an aeroballistic blank.

        I think a FULL-FULL hypersonic aircraft should have a ramjet. The easiest way is to "hook" a ground-based missile under a high-speed aircraft - the speeds will partially add up, the range will increase - and call it a hypersonic weapon. lol hi hi hi

        I think the Americans have problems with heat-resistant materials and communications, without a thermo you can’t put a monkey in LA, and without a connection you can’t take it out of there)
  3. ASM
    ASM 17 December 2022 18: 25
    +1
    Here the devil is in the details. The work consists in developing a platform on which various equipment can be mounted. As far as I understand, some kind of empty container should be created, which can move at a speed of at least Mach 5 and carry a load of X-kilograms in cell Y by Z-meters. Filling equipment will be developed by others and it is not clear when. In any case, this is a long time, it will have to be developed almost from scratch - the United States simply does not have a finished product that can be used as a kind of prototype.
    1. spirit
      spirit 17 December 2022 18: 32
      +1
      Where did you get it from? How do we know that they are testing there in the Nevada desert. Maybe they started the program because various prototypes showed the result and decided to file something similar hi
      1. ASM
        ASM 17 December 2022 18: 49
        +1
        Yes, they are testing, launching options, but they themselves do not yet know what will be in the product and what will go into the basket. Well, they still don’t even have a fully finished device in factory tests, not like a copy that has been put into service. So almost from scratch.
        1. Zoldat_A
          Zoldat_A 18 December 2022 03: 40
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          Quote from A.S.M.
          Yes, they are testing, launching options, but they themselves do not yet know what will be in the product

          For their printing machine, regular "Zamvolty" 100 lard - for half an hour of work. So they'll do something.
  4. Fangaro
    Fangaro 17 December 2022 18: 33
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    In the 40s - 50s of the 20th century, the USSR had an ideology. Including the preservation of peace on a planetary scale. Now the ideology in Russia probably also exists. But to me, simple, it is either not known or not understood.
    And the flow of scientific and technical information from abroad has declined.
    Maybe our scouts are participating in all their breakthrough technologies. And everything is transferred where it is necessary.
    Have their spies been caught from us all?
  5. Ulan.1812
    Ulan.1812 17 December 2022 18: 35
    +1
    What will we see. They say a lot.
    And I liked the mention in some article about reconnaissance balloons.
    It is interesting in more detail with the corresponding comments of experts.
  6. svoroponov
    svoroponov 17 December 2022 18: 36
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    I wonder what they will watch at this speed, except for plasma? And the satellites do just fine. There are shots of the Shuttle passing through the atmosphere at approximately these speeds when entering and passing through the atmosphere. Everyone can watch on YouTube.
  7. Bingo
    Bingo 17 December 2022 18: 44
    -1
    wink
    This they can. Here's to zababahat hypersonic weapons - they can't, they stopped in the same place where they curtailed the program in the 70s. At hypersound, the rocket flies in an opaque cloud of plasma, even radio-and then opaque - they can’t point nichrome.
    But the contract to sign ... John, bring here my favorite saw!
  8. silberwolf88
    silberwolf88 17 December 2022 19: 23
    +2
    Well, what can I say ... they will begin to master the money and, what is most unobvious, develop technologies ... and in the end they will do it ... what good information is is that you need to know the challenges and prepare to counter them
    1. poquello
      poquello 17 December 2022 22: 36
      -1
      Quote: silberwolf88
      ... and in the end they will ...

      and then, )
  9. Nikolaevich I
    Nikolaevich I 17 December 2022 19: 32
    +2
    Well, what? What did you decide to surprise? The Chinese have been boasting about a hypersonic "reconnaissance aircraft" for three years ... (a liquid-propellant rocket engine ... is dropped from a great height by a bomber or transporter ... it can fly for several minutes at a speed of M = 3 or two minutes at a speed of M = 5 (hypersound). .. Somehow, in the old days, the Americans launched an "almost" experimental high-altitude high-speed "reconnaissance aircraft" with a ramjet ...! Well, it flew into the territory of the USSR! Soviet engineers, mentally thanking the American "colleagues", made a reconnaissance complex " Raven" from an aircraft to a ramjet! Well, take this "raven" dropped by an aircraft from a great height, give the ramjet an LRE mode by adding an oxidizer tank and "plugs" to the air intakes ... a titanium glider ... here is a hypersonic "reconnaissance aircraft" and fly! And if, at the same time, attach a bonbu, then finally RU will turn out!
    1. nazgul-ishe
      nazgul-ishe 18 December 2022 02: 12
      +1
      And if you also refine it with a file, but without using a sledgehammer-THING.
  10. Alexander Toroshchin
    Alexander Toroshchin 18 December 2022 02: 10
    -1
    This journalist piled up a barrel of prisoners in order to grab a bigger fee. Hyper sound, super intelligence, 500 grams of TNT and billions in value. As a result, dressing is 1000 times more expensive than sheepskin.
  11. nazgul-ishe
    nazgul-ishe 18 December 2022 02: 32
    +3
    The state ordered and those who wanted to do it immediately lined up. New technologies, new materials, a new look - what is it for. Perhaps it will turn out to be a good TRAMPOLINE on which ours jump to the ISS.
    1. bar
      bar 18 December 2022 16: 36
      0
      It is even more possible that a good cut with a rollback will turn out. Well, yes, and the flag is in their grasping hands.
  12. Illanatol
    Illanatol 18 December 2022 09: 22
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    So far, the Pentagon is not going well with the testing of supersonic missiles, so they apparently decided to take asymmetric measures.


    Will a hypersonic jet drop free-falling bombs?
    By the way, is it a manned or unmanned aircraft?
    Um. Actually, it's a dumb idea. Okay, hypersonic missiles, but fly with hypersonic wings?
    I'm even afraid to imagine what angular overloads will be during maneuvering. And if it flies like a rocket, without making turns - what's the point? Then you need to create a rocket.
  13. Evgeny Kotov
    Evgeny Kotov 18 December 2022 10: 03
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    Put on the handbrake, go out and look beyond politics
  14. Egeny
    Egeny 18 December 2022 10: 32
    +1
    Quote: Shurik70
    who will survive the initial exchange

    if there is still something left to shoot down.
  15. Egeny
    Egeny 18 December 2022 10: 53
    -1
    The US Air Force awarded a contract to develop

    with Leidos (SAIC) and Lockheed Martin IS & GS.
    The corporate merger is one of the largest deals to date.
    Maybe it was better to place an order with a trusted company - The Walt Disney Company?
  16. Vladislav Bubnov
    Vladislav Bubnov 18 December 2022 11: 05
    +1
    "Catch up with Russia" is a funny phrase. Is it printed on a domestic keyboard and on a domestic computer with a domestic OS? No, then you need to be more modest.
    And then do we have hypersonic aircraft?
  17. Vladimir Alekseev 1971
    Vladimir Alekseev 1971 18 December 2022 13: 58
    0
    Until it enters service, it will go for 8-10 years ..
  18. bar
    bar 18 December 2022 16: 34
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    signed a contract with the American company Leidos to develop a hypersonic aircraft

    Judging by the information from Wikipedia, Leidos has been engaged in information technology, biomedical research, and, in between, a little aviation and defense since 2020. With hypersound, they only have to start and finish the campaign. This is how their military-industrial complex works for these striped ones ...
  19. businessv
    businessv 18 December 2022 19: 50
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    contract for the development of a strike-reconnaissance hypersonic aircraft
    I, probably, like everyone else, had the only question: why should we use such devices for reconnaissance ?! Vlyndit darkness of money for what? What can be seen at such a speed at low, and even at medium altitude? Wonderful!
  20. VOENOBOZ
    VOENOBOZ 18 December 2022 22: 24
    0
    In this way, the Americans can maintain their potential personnel, if the industry does not reach the level of hypersound, but they can do something.