This hypersonic blackbird can launch weapons from space.
In aviation, it doesn't get more chic than the SK-71 Blackbird; the Rolls Royce of the sky. From 1964 until its retirement in 1998, this supersonic, Mach 3+ reconnaissance (a.k.a, spy) aircraft played a crucial role in the Cold War (and afterward) for over three decades. It also holds the world record for fastest air-breathing manned aircraft--naturally, since its standard procedure for evading missiles was Hying faster. But ever since the Blackbird went to the Boca Raton of the skies, aviation buffs have been pining for a successor. And now they have one--the aptly named SR-72 Blackbird. The SR-72, unlike the SR-71, will be a strike platform, capable of launching weapons from the edge of space.
By Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor
|Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback|
|Publication:||ECN-Electronic Component News|
|Date:||Dec 1, 2013|
|Previous Article:||Spectrum analyzers offer wide 802.11ac signal acquisition bandwidth, fast real-time features.|
|Next Article:||F-35 successfully targets aerial drone (is still a moneypit).|