Modern US Military Technologies Revelation: it seems like Russia isn’t doing anything. The U.S.’s weapons of the future, push technology into new areas.
In light of increasing tensions in global hot spots, U.S. military R&D is gaining more urgency.
Here’s the latest under development:
Northrop Grumman Corp B-21 Raider s the B-2’s younger and more advanced brother. This bad boy, already nicknamed the “21st century’s first bomber,” is expected to enter service by 2025 and replace the B-2, as well as the B-1 and B-52.
Boeing F/A-XX Program is a development and acquisition program for a future sixth-generation air superiority fighter to replace the United States Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet beginning in the late-2020s. This USN program has also been referred to at different times as NGAD, or the: Next Generation Air Dominance program.
F-X Program also known as Penetrating Counter Air or Next-Generation Air Dominance. The Air Force hasn’t chosen a manufacturer or design for its F-X sixth-generation fighter. However, US Air Force Research Laboratory recently released a video shows a conceptual design of an F-X sixth-generation fighter jet and other futuristic technology. The AFRL video shows a sleek, stealthy design with a laser powerful enough to destroy an enemy fighter.
2) Space Planes
The DARPA Experimental Spaceplane program is an experimental hypersonic spacecraft that could be launched as many as 10 days straight, as it would require less servicing than current models. Boeing is currently designing the vehicle and working closely with DARPA. The spaceplane, also known as the Phantom Express, will be powered by an Aerojet Rocketdyne AR-22 engine using liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen propellants. Once it reaches orbit, the aircraft will be able to deploy 3,000 pounds of payload — most likely a smaller satellite. . The first tests are scheduled for 2020.
Behind the moniker, SR-72 hides Lockheed Martin Corp.’s hypersonic unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), intended to provide timely, accurate and relevant intelligence during military operations. To prevent enemies from detecting or intercepting it, the SR-72 will rely on extremely high velocity (4,000 mph, also known as Mach 6, or six times faster than the speed of sound). To reach those speeds, the UAV will employ a special dual-mode engine that combines turbine and ramjet technologies. This drone could enter service by 2030.