发信人: emc (键盘手), 信区: Military2
标 题: 波音再度出手，X-45C复活
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Mon May 11 13:14:00 2009)
急，又是F-15 silent eagle，又是6代机，又是复活X-45C的，就怕超级虫生意做完后
Boeing to Develop, Fly 'Phantom Ray' Technology Demonstrator
ST. LOUIS, May 08, 2009 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] plans to develop
and demonstrate an unmanned flying test bed for advanced air system
technologies. The internally funded program, called Phantom Ray, will use
the prototype vehicle that Boeing originally developed for the Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)/U.S. Air Force/U.S. Navy Joint-
Unmanned Combat Air System (J-UCAS) program.
The Phantom Ray demonstrator is scheduled to make its first flight in
December 2010. The aircraft will conduct 10 flights over a period of
approximately six months, supporting missions that may include intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance; suppression of enemy air defenses;
electronic attack; hunter/killer; and autonomous aerial refueling. The
Boeing Phantom Works organization is employing rapid-prototyping techniques
that facilitate the speed and agility needed to meet the 2010 flight
"Boeing's goals for the Phantom Ray program clearly demonstrate our
commitment to rapid prototyping and are an important part of the company's
efforts to be a leader in the unmanned aircraft business," said Phantom
Works President Darryl Davis. "We have mobilized our assets to continue the
tremendous potential we developed under J-UCAS, and now will fully
demonstrate that capability."
Phantom Ray will pick up where the UCAS program left off in 2006 by further
demonstrating Boeing's unmanned systems development capabilities in a
fighter-sized, state-of-the-art aerospace system. The Boeing UCAS program
began with the X-45A, which successfully flew 64 times from 2002 to 2005.
Those flights included a demonstration exercise with two X-45A aircraft that
marked the first unmanned, autonomous multivehicle flight under the control
of a single pilot. Boeing also designed a larger UCAS aircraft, the X-45C,
which will serve as the basis for the Phantom Ray demonstrator.
"What is particularly exciting about Phantom Ray is that we will incorporate
the latest technologies into the superb X-45C airframe design," said Dave
Koopersmith, vice president of Boeing Advanced Military Aircraft, a division
of Phantom Works. "As we gradually expand the vehicle's flight envelope,
potential users will have access to a full range of unique capabilities that
only this type of autonomous platform can provide."
Lab testing for the Phantom Ray air vehicle is scheduled for late 2009,
followed by ground testing and first flight in 2010.
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