A black project is a term used for a highly classified military or defense project publicly unacknowledged by government, military personnel, and contractors.
Examples of United States military aircraft developed as black projects include the F-117 Nighthawk stealth attack aircraft and the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, both of which were highly classified and denied as existing until ready to be announced to the public.
In the United States, the formal term for a black project is Special access program (SAP). The money that funds these projects is referred to as the black budget.
Here is the list of Abandoned And Declassified Black Projects
7. B-2 Spirit Or New B21
The Northrop B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, is an American heavy penetration strategic bomber, featuring low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is a flying wing design with a crew of two.
Furthermore, The bomber can deploy both conventional and thermonuclear weapons, such as eighty 500 lb -class (Mk 82) JDAM Global Positioning System-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400 lb (1,100 kg) B83 nuclear bombs.
In addition The B-2 is the only acknowledged aircraft that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration.
6. Boeing Bird of Prey
The Boeing Bird of Prey was a black project aircraft, intended to demonstrate stealth technology.
It was developed by McDonnell Douglas and Boeing in the 1990s. The company provided $67 million of funding for the project;
Furthermore, it was a low-cost program compared to many other programs of similar scale. It developed technology and materials which would later be used on Boeing’s X-45 unmanned combat air vehicle. As an internal project,
In addition, this aircraft was not given an X-plane designation. There are no public plans to make this a production aircraft. It is characterized as a technology demonstrator.
5. F-117 Nighthawk
The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk is an American single-seat, twin-engine stealth attack aircraft that was developed by Lockheed’s secretive Skunk Works division and operated by the United States Air Force (USAF). The F-117 was based on the Have Blue technology demonstrator.
4. Lockheed A-12
The Lockheed A-12 was a reconnaissance aircraft built for the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) by Lockheed’s Skunk Works, based on the designs of Clarence “Kelly” Johnson.
Furthermore, The aircraft was designated A-12, the 12th in a series of internal design efforts for “Archangel”, the aircraft’s internal code name.
3. SR-71 The Blackbird
The Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” is a long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was operated by the United States Air Force.
It was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. American aerospace engineer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson was responsible for many of the design’s innovative concepts.
Furthermore, During aerial reconnaissance missions, the SR-71 operated at high speeds and altitudes to allow it to outrace threats. If a surface-to-air missile launch were detected, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate and outfly the missile.
In addition, The SR-71 was designed with a reduced radar cross-section.
2. THE FUTURE
In Future, we will See Sr-72, SR-91 or X-37 space plan
1. Stealth UH-60 Black Hawk
Stealth helicopters are helicopters that incorporate stealth technology to avoid detection.
Helicopters are in many ways less suitable for stealth technology than airplanes are, because of the noise generated by their rotor blades, which also give off a strong radar signature.
Furthermore, In recent years, designs for blades have emerged that can significantly reduce noise, which is a major issue for clandestine use of helicopters.
In addition, A raid on the compound of Osama bin Laden in May 2011 utilized what appeared to be two Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks, heavily modified for quieter operations and employing stealth technology to be less visible to radar.