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Tango0103 Apr 2017 3:09 p.m. PST

…of the US in Developing Hypersonic Weapons?.

"Air Force weapons developers expect to operate hypersonic intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance drones by the 2040s, once scientific progress with autonomy and propulsion technology matures to a new level.
The advent of using a recoverable drone platform able to travel at high altitudes, faster than Mach 5, will follow the emergence of hypersonic weapons likely to be operational in the mid-2020s, according to the Air Force Chief Scientist Geoffrey Zacharias.
Describing the trajectory of hypersonic technology in terms of "stair steps," Zacharias said incremental progress will require decades of continued technological development.
While unmanned hypersonic surveillance flight is on track for the 2030s, launching recoverable hypersonic drones is not expected be possible until the 2040s, Zacharias said…"
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Augustus Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2017 5:09 a.m. PST

The days of manned fighters is drawing to a close more rapidly than I would have thought. Although, even with hypersonic speed, a beam weapon makes all that speed useless.

Bangorstu05 Apr 2017 6:41 a.m. PST

Hmm… the problem with drones is they can be jammed and indeed hacked.

People can't.

Tango0105 Apr 2017 9:28 p.m. PST

But… you can corrupted them… as the Turkish pilots for example…


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