World’s First Hypersonic Drone in Development
by Nicholas West, Activist Post:
While a superficial debate takes place over the scope of drone warfare and surveillance, significant upgrades continue and the drone industry booms. Recently we have seen the Navy successfully test autonomous drone takeoffs and landings at sea, Boeing has begun to retrofit its decommissioned F-16s into pilotless fighter jets, and solar drones have been developed that can stay aloft for years at a time.
The latest addition to the roster can be found in the video below.
defense contractor Lockheed Martin intends to improve upon its SR-71 Blackbird – the fastest production plane ever devised. (source
) This time it will take the form of a hypersonic drone capable of flying at Mach 6 (six times the speed of sound, roughly 4,500 mph) and would potentially be able to strike targets. This prototype is set to become reality by 2018 and fully operational by 2030; it should fit nicely into the next generation of drones that is is set to transform war, as one can see in a General Atomics video presentation here
. Whether or not all systems become a reality, it is clear that investment in permanent war continues unabated.
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