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Cixlysid Author
Cixlysid

I can't.... BELIEVE IT.. They better make this manned.. i want to fly it

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NOMAD/031098-010241
NOMAD/031098-010241

Like a sequel of a good game!

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Comanche_Prime
Comanche_Prime

What can i say - looks so beauty...
Buy juct curious about its max speed...

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rkraptor70
rkraptor70

I wonder how much will Lockheed will try to rip off form the US Goverment with this one, 1 or 2 trillion?

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rkraptor70
rkraptor70

That being said this is a pointless project. The "scaled demonstrator" will not be completed till 2023. Not to mention the current S-400's 40N6 is theoretically more than capable of taking it down. And by then Russia will feature even more new designs.

This looks like another Lockheed "Wunderwaffe". Like the F-35.

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Sakura Matou

Beat me to it Raptor.

Took the words right out of my mouth :)

Don't know much about the Russian projects but the US Gov should seriously let Northrop-Grumman, or Boeing have a go at it. Possibly even BAE or Have BAE Involved.

Just my 2 cents.

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Nergal01
Nergal01

Hush, it won't be long until China come up with a bootleg version of it (whether it's functional or not) years before anyone else saw it coming.

Also, I don't get why people keep saying it looks like Mass Effect's Normandy.

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Armalite-Wojak
Armalite-Wojak

I would've thought a successor of the SR-71 would be in a near production phase by now. (Rumours of the "Aurora" come to mind)

I guess an announcement like this proves nothing but how far behind they actually have fallen in the old Skunk Works.
I have to ask... What's the use of putting so much money and effort into an aircraft that by the time of its real unveiling will be completely nullified by hypersonic ground based and airborne AA?

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The_Integral
The_Integral

While I share your skepticism that they'll actually be able to build it (given how difficult some of the problems involved are and the number of previous failures that have occurred), if they actually managed to construct a full sized, scramjet powered aircraft in the next 10 years that would be a huge deal. Besides military uses (hitting something going Mach 6+ in the upper atmosphere with a ground launched rocket would be ridiculously impractical), scramjets would have big implications for orbital launches and other civilian fields. Since to my knowledge NASA and the US military are the only ones putting significant funding into developing scramjets, I say let them try.

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