20.02.03, 14:56 #1
"Concepts vie to win US special ops aircraft race
By Andrew Koch, JDW Bureau Chief, Washington, DC
Additional reporting by Michael Sirak, JDW Staff Reporter, Washington, DC
It looks a little like a Star Trek vessel, but the new Lockheed Martin stealthy aircraft design making its way into the light from the classified 'black' world is not science fiction.
Lockheed Martin and Boeing are in a race to develop a concept for two near-term requirements to support US special operations forces (SOFs). Lockheed Martin revealed its design for the first time on 12 February. Called the MACK conceptual aircraft, the idea is to have a common design for a medium-lift, multirole platform that both SOFs and conventional military forces can use, director of advanced systems concepts at Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works, Rod Cusic, told JDW. The suggestion is that with a stealthy aircraft frame, modular systems could be installed to perform a variety of missions, from a next-generation gunship to a transport, cargo-lifter, or even a refuelling tanker capable of being a network-centric sensor and relay platform.
Although still just a concept, the MACK is supporting Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) studies for a next-generation gunship, called AC-X, as well as a possible future stealthy transport called M-X, Cusic said.
However, the MACK concept is not the only one being considered for the AC-X, projected to be fielded after 2010. US Air Force officials said they are also considering a modified Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, a large unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) and groups of UCAVs. Moreover, Boeing said it is offering a concept based on the company's blended wing body (BWB) design, subscale versions of which have been tested and flown in conjunction with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration."
Hat irgendjemand schon passende Bilder dazu gefunden ???
20.02.03, 15:10 #2
20.02.03, 15:11 #3
.... sollte der link nicht funktionieren, dann hilft das hier vielleicht !
21.02.03, 14:23 #4
X-48, Boeing, Blended Wing Body (BWB)- Nurflügeltechnologieträger für einen Tanker, Transporter und Aufklärungsplattform, Testflüge mit kleinerem Modell ab 2004 geplant. Masse ca. 900 kg
Es existieren verschiedene Studien für den BWB.
Neues Stealth Konzept von Lockheed Martin !
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