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Boeing Receives First Engines for X-45C Unmanned Combat Aircraft
Boeing.com ^ | November 18, 2004 | Boeing

Posted on 11/26/2004 1:22:19 PM PST by dumpdaschle



ST. LOUIS, November 18, 2004 - The Boeing [NYSE: BA] Company accepted the first two engines for the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) X-45C aircraft program Nov. 10 in a ceremony held at a General Electric plant in Lynn, Mass.

Boeing is building three X-45C aircraft in St. Louis as part of the J-UCAS program. Each of the aircraft will be powered by a single F404 engine.

"With the F404 engine, the X-45C will be able to fly a combat radius of more than 1,200 nautical miles, cruise at 0.80 Mach, reach altitudes of 40,000 feet and carry a 4,500 pound weapon payload," said Darryl Davis, Boeing J-UCAS X-45 vice president and program manager. "With that range, speed, and lethality, this unmanned system is truly revolutionary."

The first X-45C flight is scheduled for early 2007, with the initiation of an operational assessment by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy beginning that same year. The assessment will culminate in a demonstration of the capabilities of the J-UCAS system and the X-45's ability to conduct suppression of enemy air defenses; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and strike missions.

The X-45C will be 39-feet long with a 49-foot wingspan. It is designed to be a highly-survivable weapons system that will include advanced sensors and a robust communication system demonstrating advanced target detection and engagement capabilities.

The J-UCAS X-45 program is a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)/U.S. Air Force/U.S. Navy/Boeing effort to demonstrate the technical feasibility, military utility and operational value of an unmanned air combat system for the Services.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis , Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $27 billion business. It provides network-centric systems solutions to its global military, government and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer; the world's largest satellite manufacturer and a leading provider of space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense and Department of Homeland Security; NASA's largest contractor; and a global leader in launch services.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aircraft; boeing; flight; jucas; miltech; unmanned; usaf; usn; x45c
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1 posted on 11/26/2004 1:22:19 PM PST by dumpdaschle
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To: dumpdaschle

so there is a boeing company person in here pumping up boeing for some reason....... any one know who or why ...

this is a non event....


2 posted on 11/26/2004 1:24:16 PM PST by Gibtx (pajamahadeen call to arms.....)
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To: dumpdaschle

bump in anticipation of more pictures.


3 posted on 11/26/2004 1:25:17 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: dumpdaschle

That bird looks mighty different from the first two prototypes.


4 posted on 11/26/2004 1:26:49 PM PST by Darksheare (Love, stay thy hand)
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To: dumpdaschle

This I like! Now any red-blooded American can fight a war anywhere on the planet from their homes!


5 posted on 11/26/2004 1:30:06 PM PST by Solamente
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To: dumpdaschle
Holy Smokes! A new Bat Plane!
6 posted on 11/26/2004 1:30:52 PM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (Some say what's good for others, the others make the goods; it's the meddlers against the peddlers)
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To: Solamente

(s)so its a lazy american pilot fighter plane (/s)

I wonder if those things can refuel in flight?


7 posted on 11/26/2004 1:31:01 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: Darksheare

Why does it have a cockpit?


8 posted on 11/26/2004 1:31:34 PM PST by BigBobber
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To: Gibtx

You're right its a non-event. I know there are aviation enthusiasts on this web site and I thought it was interesting. It does look different than the first A and B versions, this is the new improved version. That is the only picture on Boeing's web site. Friday afternoon type post..... I'm bored.


9 posted on 11/26/2004 1:33:23 PM PST by dumpdaschle (Demand that French imperialists leave the Ivory Coast.)
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To: BigBobber
Why does it have a cockpit?

... for a zylon pilot?

10 posted on 11/26/2004 1:33:48 PM PST by glock rocks (You're on, Bo... which is it... turkey or Atta Boy?)
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To: BigBobber
Why does it have a cockpit?

It looks like an engine intake.

11 posted on 11/26/2004 1:33:55 PM PST by killjoy (My kid is the bomb at Islam Elementary!)
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To: BigBobber

That could be the air intake for the jet. Placing it on top and further back would help reduce it's radar signature.


12 posted on 11/26/2004 1:34:34 PM PST by ProudVet77 (Just say NO to blue states.)
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To: dumpdaschle
""With the F404 engine, the X-45C will be able to fly a combat radius of more than 1,200 nautical miles, cruise at 0.80 Mach, reach altitudes of 40,000 feet and carry a 4,500 pound weapon payload."

Technology BUMP! (already envisioning the next genertion)

13 posted on 11/26/2004 1:35:43 PM PST by cake_crumb (The IQ of the average Democrat voter is slightly less than body temperature)
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To: dumpdaschle

i have a zoo here....


14 posted on 11/26/2004 1:40:00 PM PST by Gibtx (pajamahadeen call to arms.....)
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To: BigBobber

It's not a cockpit - it's a light in the intake.


15 posted on 11/26/2004 1:40:03 PM PST by Tennessee_Bob (Come on you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?)
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To: cake_crumb

toys
16 posted on 11/26/2004 1:40:13 PM PST by evets (God bless president George W. Bush)
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To: RedBloodedAmerican

ACK! It's got GE engines!


17 posted on 11/26/2004 1:40:27 PM PST by Tennessee_Bob (Come on you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?)
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To: dumpdaschle

some more details

http://www.air-attack.com/page.php?pid=10


18 posted on 11/26/2004 1:41:37 PM PST by ProudVet77 (Just say NO to blue states.)
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To: dumpdaschle
"With the F404 engine,..."

The same engine that F-18s use.

19 posted on 11/26/2004 1:41:57 PM PST by demlosers
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To: Gibtx

The guy's handle is 'dumpdaschle' indicating he's from Washington where this is good news. Boeing is a big deal to Washington as it is next to Microsoft in revenues. Good news for Boeing is great news for Washington.


20 posted on 11/26/2004 1:44:30 PM PST by PeterFinn ("Tolerance" means WE have to tolerate THEM, they can hate us all they want.)
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To: Gibtx
so there is a boeing company person in here pumping up boeing for some reason.......
any one know who or why ...


Not me.
But I'll say these two things...
1. At least I get to read/see more things about the US (and international)
production of defense arms at www.freeerepublic.com than I would by watching
the MSM (or listening to their lame-@$$ radio divisions)...
AND
2. I wouldn't make any decision about buying stocks/bonds of any
defense contractor based on what I see here...I'd do (and advise to others) to
do "due diligence" before making any such investment.
21 posted on 11/26/2004 1:46:57 PM PST by VOA
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To: PeterFinn
i would guess that the potential disbarment for government contracts, the failed satellite for the NRO and all the other bad news billion dollar tax payer blues is just more eye wash.... so it is the parties that count...
22 posted on 11/26/2004 1:47:06 PM PST by Gibtx (pajamahadeen call to arms.....)
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To: glock rocks

So the homeless can still clean the windsheild !


23 posted on 11/26/2004 1:47:50 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: BigBobber

Because it's a Monica?


24 posted on 11/26/2004 1:48:18 PM PST by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: PeterFinn

Nope, I sell insurance in South Dakota. I really should have added some comment with this posting. Sorry. My comment would have been "cool picture, looks even more sinister than an F-117."


25 posted on 11/26/2004 1:52:29 PM PST by dumpdaschle (Demand that French imperialists leave the Ivory Coast.)
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To: longtermmemmory

No prob. Your PC interface tells you to take your drone to refuel at an unmanned re-fuelling station.

Then its off to the unmanned re-armament station!


26 posted on 11/26/2004 1:55:38 PM PST by Solamente
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To: Darksheare

Why only mach 0.8? That doesn't seem too revolutionary...at least in terms of speed.


27 posted on 11/26/2004 1:57:11 PM PST by mdmathis6
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To: VOA
At least I get to read/see more things about the US (and international) production of defense arms at www.freeerepublic.com than I would by watching the MSM (or listening to their lame-@$$ radio divisions)...

It costs, but a great source for this type of news is Aviation Week and Space Technology.

28 posted on 11/26/2004 1:59:22 PM PST by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 (John Kerry--three fake Purple Hearts. George Bush--one real heart of gold.)
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To: Dont_Tread_On_Me_888
...a great source for this type of news is Aviation Week and Space Technology.

Just reposting to agree (to say you are absolutely correct).

My initial post was just an encouragement for the free flow of information...
and a warning to potential investors (in the aviation/defense realm)
to double-check things...
29 posted on 11/26/2004 2:03:43 PM PST by VOA
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To: BigBobber
"Why does it have a cockpit?"

Because it will actully be flown by one of these....


30 posted on 11/26/2004 2:06:42 PM PST by Jackknife (.......Land of the Free,because of the Brave.)
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To: Gibtx; dumpdaschle
so there is a boeing company person in here pumping up boeing for some reason....... any one know who or why ...

First of all, it is called the "shift" key. People tend to take newbies more seriously if you can be bothered to use it, not to mention proper punctuation.

Second, I found this article interesting because I hadn't heard anything about the project for a while. Wether or not I have a "thing" about Boeing, as you seem to do, has nothing to do with it. This is news, so it is worth posting, and I thank DD for posting it.

Third, it is bad form to attack someone's motives for making a post, especially if it is as inconsequential as this.

this is a non event....

So feel free to consider this a "non-thread".

31 posted on 11/26/2004 2:11:21 PM PST by TomB ("The terrorist wraps himself in the world's grievances to cloak his true motives." - S. Rushdie)
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To: TomB

kewl .....


32 posted on 11/26/2004 2:11:58 PM PST by Gibtx (pajamahadeen call to arms.....)
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To: TomB

teaching included for free... wow


33 posted on 11/26/2004 2:12:54 PM PST by Gibtx (pajamahadeen call to arms.....)
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To: dumpdaschle

OHOHOH Can I have one?


34 posted on 11/26/2004 2:14:41 PM PST by Syntyr
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To: BigBobber

That's the engine inlet.
I have NO idea WHY they stuck a blue light in there.
Maybe for dramatic effect.
But it looks very different from the prototypes.


35 posted on 11/26/2004 2:18:33 PM PST by Darksheare (Love, stay thy hand)
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To: mdmathis6

Dunno.

Some of the fighter jock types on FR here may know.


36 posted on 11/26/2004 2:20:56 PM PST by Darksheare (Love, stay thy hand)
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To: Tennessee_Bob

Could've been LUCAS ELECTRIC.
*chuckle*


37 posted on 11/26/2004 2:21:46 PM PST by Darksheare (Love, stay thy hand)
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To: dumpdaschle
That craft looks familiar...
I remember!


38 posted on 11/26/2004 2:22:58 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (The way that you wander is the way that you choose. The day that you tarry is the day that you lose.)
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To: Gibtx
kewl .....

Another thing.

It probably isn't a good idea to announce to the world you're still anxiously awaiting puberty by using words like "kewl".

39 posted on 11/26/2004 2:27:51 PM PST by TomB ("The terrorist wraps himself in the world's grievances to cloak his true motives." - S. Rushdie)
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To: TomB

lol... ur really are funny ....


40 posted on 11/26/2004 2:28:26 PM PST by Gibtx (pajamahadeen call to arms.....)
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To: jakkknife

You know you are wrong for this.


41 posted on 11/26/2004 2:29:33 PM PST by Trueblackman (Terrorism and Liberalism never sleep and neither do I)
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To: Darksheare; mdmathis6
Why only mach 0.8?

Maybe for the same reason that the F-117 is a subsonic aircraft. Speed means heat, heat means visibility, visiblity is bad. The lower the heat signature overall on the airframe, the less visible it is to infrared systems.

42 posted on 11/26/2004 2:30:21 PM PST by Tennessee_Bob (Come on you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?)
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To: Tennessee_Bob; mdmathis6
Wonder if wake turbulence has anything to do with it as well.
43 posted on 11/26/2004 2:32:45 PM PST by Darksheare (Love, stay thy hand)
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To: Gibtx
"this is a non event...."

Ant weapons system that enhances the ability of the United States to project its power vast distances from home, without risking American lives like the X-45 does is certainly NOT a nonevent to any American who cares about the defence of this country.
Plus Boeing is one of the strongest defense contractors in thias country.
Unless you are shilling for the nasty clowns at the European Airbus, I don't see why you should be having a problem with this post.
44 posted on 11/26/2004 2:34:23 PM PST by KwasiOwusu
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To: Gibtx
lol... ur really are funny ....

Here's a hint, sparky:

We're laughing AT you, not with you.

(Did Wal-Mart have a sale on periods today that I missed?)

45 posted on 11/26/2004 2:38:27 PM PST by TomB ("The terrorist wraps himself in the world's grievances to cloak his true motives." - S. Rushdie)
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To: dumpdaschle

Not that pics mean much, but that thing even looks bad ass!

It's going to be a strange day when the first enemy aircraft is wasted by an unmanned drone. But hey, why not? We fire rockets on moving cars in Yemen from a drone controled out of Langley in 2002. Why shouldn't we built this?

Red6


46 posted on 11/26/2004 2:39:31 PM PST by Red6
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To: dumpdaschle

I am a relative newbie, and this is not an important breaking news event. But I have been here long enough to expect a post criticizing me for that. I expected that. If he hadn't criticized, someone else would have. That was an obligatory post on his part. No harm. Cool plane, huh?


47 posted on 11/26/2004 2:45:58 PM PST by dumpdaschle (Demand that French imperialists leave the Ivory Coast.)
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To: glock rocks
Why does it have a cockpit? ... for a zylon pilot?

Cylon Pilots

WOW!
Desk Top Bombing.


48 posted on 11/26/2004 2:57:46 PM PST by Major_Risktaker
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To: Red6
Why shouldn't we built this?

Well, for one thing, it would adversly affect promotions in the pilot career field... and if you think that's an odd consideration, look at what happened to the Air Force's Remotely Piloted Vehicle program after the Vietnam war. It was essentially canned, for essentially that reason.

Not that that's a good reason not to build it, but it gives some idea of the dynamics of the 'real' military and what may actually happen.

49 posted on 11/26/2004 2:59:05 PM PST by Grut
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To: PeterFinn
Daschle was from South Dakota, his loss good news for all Americans. Perhaps you are thinking of former Speaker of the House Tom Foley who was from Spokane, he was dumped in 1994?
50 posted on 11/26/2004 2:59:50 PM PST by fallujah-nuker (I like Ike.)
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