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(The Drive)   General Atomics unveils new "LongShot" Aircraft-Launched Air-To-Air combat drone. Will it work? Well, that's a . . . yeah   (thedrive.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Missile, Air-to-air missile, Unmanned aerial vehicle, LongShot program, United States Air Force, Jet engine, Cruise missile, GA-ASI  
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1578 clicks; posted to STEM » on 28 Jul 2021 at 3:45 AM (11 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-07-28 4:57:55 AM  
12 votes:
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2021-07-28 4:29:21 AM  
9 votes:
It's already obsolete. There's a company developing a drone that launches a manned fighter that launches a drone armed with missiles.
 
2021-07-28 6:39:18 AM  
6 votes:

Warthog: Imagine a world where the US Air Force has surprisingly few farks to give about the buildup in China's air force.

Imagine a GIANT hanger that was built over the taxiway at Area 51 before the B-21 program was far enough along to need it.

Now Imagine a stealthy mothership "bomber, " that's really more like a flying aircraft carrier for drone air to air fighters.

We know 1 and 2 are true.  I hope 3cis too.


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2021-07-28 7:41:06 AM  
5 votes:
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2021-07-28 4:36:48 PM  
3 votes:

Warthog: Imagine a world where the US Air Force has surprisingly few farks to give about the buildup in China's air force.

Imagine a GIANT hanger that was built over the taxiway at Area 51 before the B-21 program was far enough along to need it.

Now Imagine a stealthy mothership "bomber, " that's really more like a flying aircraft carrier for drone air to air fighters.

We know 1 and 2 are true.  I hope 3cis too.


Imagine a world where the US cannot fight a war without Chinese manufactured components

What's that?
You don't have to imagine it because it's already here?
Yup

NEWSFLASH: short of a nuclear exchange the US cannot win a war against China.

You can't fight your own supply chain.
 
2021-07-28 7:39:22 AM  
3 votes:

Kirby Muxloe: Lockheed A-12/D-21 redux??

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The D-21 wasn't meant for combat. Although Cobra's version of it certainly was...

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2021-07-27 11:41:20 PM  
3 votes:
The Simpsons - The Wars of the Future
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2021-07-28 7:44:17 AM  
2 votes:
Carrier Has Arrived - Starcraft 2
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2021-07-28 6:46:32 AM  
2 votes:

ReluctantLondon: Warthog: Imagine a world where the US Air Force has surprisingly few farks to give about the buildup in China's air force.

Imagine a GIANT hanger that was built over the taxiway at Area 51 before the B-21 program was far enough along to need it.

Now Imagine a stealthy mothership "bomber, " that's really more like a flying aircraft carrier for drone air to air fighters.

We know 1 and 2 are true.  I hope 3cis too.

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/sorry
/ok maybe not
 
2021-07-28 2:58:09 AM  
2 votes:
Wait. The Long Shot was made by General Products, not General Atomics.

/Somebody's a Larry Niven fan.
 
2021-07-28 5:54:20 PM  
1 vote:
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LAUNCH FIGHTERS
 
2021-07-28 11:34:39 AM  
1 vote:

clkeagle: Kirby Muxloe: Lockheed A-12/D-21 redux??

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The D-21 wasn't meant for combat. Although Cobra's version of it certainly was...

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Hai Guys!

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2021-07-28 11:19:40 AM  
1 vote:
Being a pacifist and a technophile sucks.

Because that's pretty damned cool.

A plane that fires smaller planes that fire missiles.

Usually you have to put in quite a few quarters to get that many powerups.
 
2021-07-28 7:41:12 AM  
1 vote:

AtlanticCoast63: While adding LongShot to legacy bombers, such as the B-52H, is a clear goal,

To put that in perspective - this beast would probably be about the same size as the AGM-86 ALCM, and Miss Buffy can carry 12 of those externally.  Datalink them to a single F-22 or F-35 (or an E-3, for that matter) and even if you don't get a single hit the bad guys are now low on fuel, ammo, and countermeasures, which tilts the game way in favor of the United States By-God Air Force.

Of course, the REAL fun will be standing in the O-Club when some Buff driver comes in claiming a kill.


"How did you get your double Ace?"

"So there we were 200 miles off the enemy coast, ripple firing Long Shots..."
 
2021-07-28 5:17:21 AM  
1 vote:
While adding LongShot to legacy bombers, such as the B-52H, is a clear goal,

To put that in perspective - this beast would probably be about the same size as the AGM-86 ALCM, and Miss Buffy can carry 12 of those externally.  Datalink them to a single F-22 or F-35 (or an E-3, for that matter) and even if you don't get a single hit the bad guys are now low on fuel, ammo, and countermeasures, which tilts the game way in favor of the United States By-God Air Force.

Of course, the REAL fun will be standing in the O-Club when some Buff driver comes in claiming a kill.
 
2021-07-28 4:35:21 AM  
1 vote:

Warthog: Imagine a world where the US Air Force has surprisingly few farks to give about the buildup in China's air force.

Imagine a GIANT hanger that was built over the taxiway at Area 51 before the B-21 program was far enough along to need it.

Now Imagine a stealthy mothership "bomber, " that's really more like a flying aircraft carrier for drone air to air fighters.

We know 1 and 2 are true.  I hope 3cis too.


You dont need a stealthy mothership bomber. You need something thats bigger than a b52 but has the same or better fuel efficency and can cruise high enough to act as a mobile dropship so it can reach the combat zone out of ground defense range but still give a big area for ita drones to work in
 
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