Lockheed Martin is developing Mach 6 capable SR-72, the fastest airplane in the world

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Lockheed Martin is one of the giants in the U.S air industry. It has manufactured one of the best airplanes for the U.S Air Force, and at present, the crown of having manufactured the most advanced jet fight in current use, F-22 Raptor, is also on Lockheed Martin’s head. Likewise, Lockheed Martin is continuing on its legacy by producing a hypersonic spy plane for U.S Air Force.

The new plane, called SR-72, will be able to travel at a speed 6 times as fast as the speed of sound, hence hypersonic. It will be the successor to its predecessor, SR-71 Blackbird, also developed by Lockheed Martin and also the fastest plane of the world… until the SR-72 is out. SR-72 will be an unmanned air vehicle, or as such planes are known in U.S by the abbreviation “U.A.V.” SR-72 will be able to cruise the skies 3 times faster than all existing planes in the U.S Air Force arsenal and two times faster than its predecessor, SR-71 Blackbird. In scientific terms, it will be able to reach Mach 6.

The Sr-72 is being programmed in such a way that it will be able to reach any enemy position in an hour, which will not give enemies enough room to change their location. Moreover, Lockheed Martin is producing SR-72 with currently available technology, allowing it to produce a working unit within $1 Billion, given the fact that U.S military, air force and navy are undergoing budget cuts. SR-72 is planned to be inducted in service as early as 2030.

The SR-72 will be nothing like all the military planes that we have seen so far. It will be built upon experience, as Lockheed Martin has quite a history of conducting tests and manufacturing state-of-the-art planes. The infamous U-2 spy plane, which was used for spying in the cold war era, was also developed by Lockheed Martin.

[via livescience]

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  1. Horrabin

    And under what constitutional authority do the Feds have to be involved in “schools, health care, college funds, food stamps, medic-aid, social security” to begin with? Not to mention that all of these programs are rife with inefficiency, waste, and downright fraud, which we here in the US are paying for (with no choice) out of our paychecks. Defense is actually one of the few things the Constitution does authorize the federal government to engage in, on behalf of “the several states”.

  2. melen001

    “… Lockheed Martin is producing SR-72 with currently available technology, allowing it to produce a working unit within $1 Billion, given the fact that U.S military, air force and navy are undergoing budget cuts….” …. can you believe that??? 1 billion $ for a war plane. Thank God that the defense dept. has under gone “budget cuts”. ARE YOU KIDDING!!! No wonder that the feds are cutting down on schools, health care, college funds, food stamps, medic-aid, social security and who knows what else. This is just disgraceful and unacceptable. The poor, the less fortunate and the poor working class are the ones paying for this freaking war plane… This has to stop….