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Post by tigershark » Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:31 pm

if they have made a new stealth bomber there is two hints in these Aircraft TV Commercial by Northrop Grumman.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rhHc_xOd3g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rhHc_xOd3g

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Post by NeurAxaL » Sun Feb 01, 2015 9:44 pm

hmmmm aurora?
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Post by iqmal_97 » Mon Feb 02, 2015 5:59 pm

I recalled seeing this a while ago. With the same tease at the end of course. That must be the alleged Aurora, right?
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Post by Gunny » Mon Feb 02, 2015 6:53 pm

Que jaws persuit music :D
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Post by Copperhead » Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:24 pm

I think "Aurora" was the code name for either the B-2, or some other black project back in the early 90's being most likely a Northrop project. Anyhoo, NG FTW.
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Post by Stingx » Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:30 am

Personally, I lost interest in future aviation after UAV's came into play. Cuz it becomes boring after that, no hard tense tasks. When I look at these military adverts (and there are a lot more now) I don't see much of a purpose to fight. In most instances the offense has nothing to lose and the defense has everything at stake - there we go America. Just MHO

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Post by VNAF ONE » Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:49 am

They're just smart, expensive, really cool bullets. Or they're really expensive and sophisticated cameras. Either way, they're not going to change the fact that war is part of human nature and will therefore be eternal as long as people are around. They just make certain aspects of war easier and others harder. They change the role humans have to play in warfare but don't take humans out of it and I doubt they ever will. I mean what enemy would get by with just destroying toys. That's never been the case. In war, the goal is to destroy the enemy's will to continue to fight, or destroy their ability to continue to fight all together, but never to prolong the fight any longer than it needs to be. That means human lives are always a target.
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Post by ysmajor » Tue Feb 03, 2015 2:31 am

Maybe an updated flying Dorito?

I thought Aurora was the mythical hyperspeed triangle spotted every now and then.
Looking at the pic from the commercial this doesnt look like it goes very fast.

(Hope it's the Avenger redone... still one of my favourite planes)

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Post by Copperhead » Tue Feb 03, 2015 5:26 am

Hence why I said the Aurora 90's, while this is an NGB which is near future. I doubt its an evolution of the A-12 given the fact that this is a Northrop Grumman concept, and is rather an evolution of the B-2. The concept of evolved A-12 would likely be produced by Boeing, Lockheed Martin, or both in a joint venture.
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Post by Dragon029 » Tue Feb 03, 2015 6:52 am

Briefing time!

The aircraft vaguely advertised at the end of the commercial is meant to represent Northrop Grumman's entry for the Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) program which seeks to develop a B-3 stealth bomber.

Right now, Northrop Grumman is competing against a Boeing / Lockheed Martin team (Boeing is the primary contractor, Lockheed secondary). When I say right now, I mean that there are tech demo aircraft flying today in US skies. Unfortunately however, the designs of these aircraft are still secret.

What isn't secret however is the schedule for the program - we know that these aircraft are flying because in a few months time, one of the teams is going to come out victorious and proceed to develop prototype or LRIP (Low Rate Initial Production) aircraft. USAF officials have said that while it's still up to the Secretary of the Air Force to make the decision, it's likely we'll get to see the B-3's design around October / November.

While we might get photos then; we do also already know a bit about the design due to the public USAF requirements. Basically, the B-3 will be a subsonic, very stealthy bomber, that will be cheaper than the B-2 (there's an aim to make it cost less than $500 million per aircraft) and possibly be slightly smaller.

It'll almost certainly be a flying wing or a cranked-kite design and it's also being designed to be very upgradeable; they've said that the plan is to make it optionally manned, meaning that for nuclear missions, etc it'll be manned, but depending on when the software is written and politics, it will eventually be able to fly unmanned for persistent air support or very long missions. There's also talk of it being designed to one day incorporate laser weapons for self defence.

Despite all this however; keep in mind that while it'll be roughly that shape, the model shown in the Northrop Grumman ad is almost certainly not an actual LRS-B model; media departments aren't exactly known for their high-end secure servers, etc.
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Post by Copperhead » Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:01 am

Could be wrong, but aren't LRS-B and NGB the same program?

Either way, I hope Lockheed Martin doesn't bribe their way through this one...
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Post by Dragon029 » Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:11 am

They are, but NGB isn't a thing anymore; LRS-B superseded it.

Also, Lockheed doesn't have that much of a stake in this; it's primarily Northrop Grumman vs Boeing.
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Post by Copperhead » Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:26 am

Gotcha, just started reading up on that.

I figured Lockheed Martin would be the primary rather than subcontractor, but I guess they could be busy with other things like the F-35.
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