Top 5 Secret Military Aircrafts
Our US military is one of the most innovative design forces on the planet. Particularly when it comes to aircraft, the US remains king, unless you are going to argue over that whole Sputnik nonsense between us and Russia. Yet, I would retort that Sputnik was the race to space exploration, not military domination. When it comes to the latter, our Air Force is king. Check out some of these top-secret finds below.
1. Falcon Hypersonic Test Vehicle 2
This is one of the fastest rocket gliders ever designed by the US military. It is still experimental in it’s design, but the end product will be more than impressive.
The Falcon Hypersonic Test Vehicle 2 will have a top speed of Mach 22. That doesn’t break the sound barrier friends, it crushes it! The goal is to be able to deliver a single, explosive, targeted strike within one hour of launch. The kicker, it will all be handled by remote control!
This little beauty was built to fly at Mach 6. That is much faster than any military aircraft we currently possess. Kind of brings a little perspective to that first little gem up
This little beauty was built to fly at Mach 6. That is much faster than any military aircraft we currently possess. Kind of brings a little perspective to that first little gem up their huh? It has been tested extensively since 2010 and the first successful flight test occurred on May 1, 2013. The Waverider successfully detached from its B-52 parent aircraft, and screamed to just under Mach 5 with the aid of it’s booster rocket. After that, there was a clean separation and its own engine came to life. The Waverider flew for a full six minutes before splashing down in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Named the Waverider because it uses shock waves to add lift, the hope is that this will have military application for missile flight, reconnaissance, and transport missions.
3. Boeing X-37
This one is pretty difficult to find information on. That’s probably because it’s a joint co-op between the Department of Defense and NASA. When you ask the question of why those two would become bedfellows the answer is pretty straightforward. If we ever need to obliterate something in space, or target something on the earth from space, the X-37 will do the dirty deed. It is said that this rocket can spend an entire month orbiting earth before it breaks through the atmosphere and lands like a plane. That application could come in quite handy when other countries start rattling their sabers. To date, all of the missions are classified as top-secret, but the Boeing X-37 certainly is spending a lot of time in orbit.
UPDATE: The Boeing X-37B landed on Friday Oct. 17 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California after a 674-day trip in space, according to ABC News. The spacecraft’s mission remains classified.
4. RQ-180 Surveillance Drone
Well it seems as if Darkstar has a new brother. This new surveillance drone designed by Northrop Grumman could debut as early as 2015 according to certain news reports. The drone is designed for recon so it is only fitting that the Air Force has been pretty tight lipped about it up until this point. The drone is equipped with state-of-the-art radar and surveillance technology, yet it has been hinted that it might be able to carry out electronic warfare as well. No matter it’s design, this drone is sure to be one stealthy sky glider.
5. Predator Drone
This article would be incomplete if we didn’t mention this little jewel of an aircraft. It might look non-assuming, but don’t mistake it’s kindness as weakness. What the RQ-180 is to surveillance, the Predator is to assault strikes. This drone was used heavily throughout the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Utilizing Hellfire missiles and precision targeting, it proved to be quite deadly.
Couple that with the fact that it can track its target for hours while relaying information thousands of miles away and you come to this conclusion… If the Predator drone is tracking you, you are dead. What was once considered to be classified as top-secret is now a household name when it comes to fighting terrorism.
Those are our top five picks today, but who knows what the future may hold. You can always depend on the United States military for this one thing though, and that thing is innovation. As our enemies try to find new ways to advance their agenda and assault our land, we will outrun them with our technology and drive them to the darkest corners of the earth. It could very well be that five years from now the technology mentioned in this article will be completely obsolete. At that point, you have to wonder what we will come up with next.