Mach 20 Hypersonic Strike Plane – One hour to anywhere target
DARPA reported this week that despite control problems that aborted the first two Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) test flights, the technical data review substantiated that Mach 20 was reached for three minutes. It also revealed what problems have to be fixed for sustained flight.
What do we need a plane like this for you ask?
How about for the president to have an unmanned aircraft that can deliver a message anywhere on the planet in an emergency. But unlike a missile, it can be recalled if needed and ready to go again the next day.
Add in that nothing could shoot it down and you have a weapons system that can strike enemy missiles while they are being prepared for launch after being spotted by our satellites.
The next version HTV-3 will be a returnable vehicle. Funding for further testing with it awaits long range flight completions by the HTV-2, and a confident Congress.
DARPA is generally unknown among the general public despite the long record of major technologies it has birthed for military use initially that were eventually were worldwide.
nothing can shoot it down..it can go anywhere in the world in under 1 hour..it cruises at mach 20..quite a plane eh?