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Lockheed Plans “Affordable” Hypersonic Mach 6 Aircraft
Artist's conception of SR-72. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

Artist’s conception of SR-72. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

Aviation Week has quite the scoop on Lockheed Martin’s plans for a successor to the legendary SR-71:

After years of silence on the subject, Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works has revealed exclusively to AW&ST details of long-running plans for what it describes as an affordable hypersonic intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike platform that could enter development in demonstrator form as soon as 2018. Dubbed the SR-72, the twin-engine aircraft is designed for a Mach 6 cruise, around twice the speed of its forebear, and will have the optional capability to strike targets.


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