Lockheed Martin’s advanced development programs division also known as skunk works is proposing a stealth tanker for the u-s air force capable of flying over defended airspace and passing gas to friendly aircraft the so called KC’s who would allow short-ranged u-s fighters like the f-35 the ability to fly farther penetrating deeper into enemy airspace to hold more targets at.
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Navy’s MQ 25 stingray unmanned carrier with fueling contract to Boeing appears to be pitching.
Eccentric for the Stingray program for the.
U-s air force’s kcz refueling tanker the air force is in the process of replacing agent kc-10 an ancient 1950s or a kc-135 tanker transports the new boeing kc-46 pegasus will make up a large proportion of the fleet but the service is looking for another tanker kcz in the 2032 2035 time frame the kc-46 is a tanker based on the Boeing 767.
Jetliner and as such is not as stealthy aircraft tankers tend to operate fairly far behind friend lines so until.
Now stealth hasn’t been a must-have as China and Russia have grown increasingly aggressive the Air Force now envisions flying long distances across Asia and the Pacific and.
European Russia into airspace defended by enemy fighters and surface-to-air missiles in 2016 Air Force general Carlton Everhart head of Air Mobility Command said kcz might be a smallish unmanned autonomous vehicle that could penetrate an anti excess area-denial system along with a 35 s and other stealth combat aircraft several contractors including Boeing Lockheed Martin and General Atomics were working on exactly that the u-s navy’s MQ 25 unmanned carrier based tanker the skunkworks envisions kcz smq 25 with greater range and better stealth taking on fuel from kc-46 tankers and accompanying friendly aircraft into hostile.
Airspace intriguingly the famed aircraft design group says it has an unconventional aerial refueling scheme in mind that preserves the aircraft’s stealthy profile.
Right double quotation mark skunkworks proposed a blended.
Wing body aircraft for kcz in 2016 offering different aircraft designs while the service models its options a blended wing body design would develop a new airframe that could be useful for a variety of missions including Transport airborne early-warning and intelligence-gathering but it would likely be expensive the Air Force is currently trying to push a 24% increase in the number of operational squadrons while spending money.
On the f-35 Strike Fighter the penetrate encounter air fighter the kc-46 tanker TX jet trainer b21 raider bomber and ground strategic tutor an intercontinental missile a smaller stealthy autonomous aircraft leveraging and q25 research and development could be a more cost-effective way of delivering gas behind enemy lines you.