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Boeing Receives First Engines for X-45C Unmanned Combat Aircraft ^ | 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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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?


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

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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To: dumpdaschle
But I have been here long enough to expect a post criticizing me for that.

That is the problem with elections and other big events. They bring out all the moonbats. I recall the same thing happening at the turn of the millenium (ah, the good old "Y2K spam" threads) and the 2000 election. That is why I have hardly posted in the past few months, too many morons.

Don't worry, most of the "kewl" posters will have an attack of "short-attention-spanitis" and just, er, "move on".

Good post. Thanks.

51 posted on 11/26/2004 3:00:12 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

That's a cool looking plane.

To those who aren't In The Know, a 0.8 mach cruising speed means that's its "efficient" cruising speed. Kind of like your car is typically geared to cruise at 65 MPH. The big deal with the F22 (one of them) is that it has the ability to cruise at mach 1+ without turning on the afterburners and dumping a lot of fuel (and losing range).

Somehow, I suspect that if they want it to go supersonic, it will. Kind of like if you want your car to go over 70. Just step on the gas a little harder.

Like the plane - thanks for the pic.

52 posted on 11/26/2004 3:23:16 PM PST by Kommodor (Is it just me or has the Fourth Estate become the Fifth Column?)
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To: Major_Risktaker; glock rocks; jakkknife
Haven't you heard? There's nobody flying these things! :)

53 posted on 11/26/2004 3:38:59 PM PST by Tealc (Mail me if you want on or off my Jaffa, Kree! ping list)
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To: Squantos
So the homeless can still clean the windsheild !

LMAO! So that's how we got it past the blue congresscritters.

54 posted on 11/26/2004 3:42:08 PM PST by glock rocks (You're on, Bo... which is it... turkey or Atta Boy?)
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To: dumpdaschle

I love new developments in aerospace. Thanks for the great post. Keep it up.


55 posted on 11/26/2004 3:55:24 PM PST by
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To: evets
Where are the particle beam weapons?
56 posted on 11/26/2004 4:14:24 PM PST by kitchen (Over gunned? Hell, that's better than the alternative!)
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To: Gibtx
this is a non event....

If it is a non event, why did you come here and post your non event.

57 posted on 11/26/2004 4:17:31 PM PST by WildTurkey
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To: Grut
What about ECM ? ( Electronic Counter Measures )
Seems to me that such aircraft would be susceptible to ECM, which would make them virtually worthless in a combat situation..

Anyone tried to JAM one of these things ?
Has ECM vulnerability even been considered ?

58 posted on 11/26/2004 4:32:09 PM PST by Drammach (Freedom; not just a job, it's an adventure..)
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To: dumpdaschle

My apologies...or congrats! Whichever is appropriate. Daschle fought Boeing tooth and nail and pushed getting the Air Force to buy its next gen tankers from Airbus. I'm glad the bastard is toast.

Three cheers for South Dakota!


59 posted on 11/26/2004 4:43:31 PM PST by PeterFinn ("Tolerance" means WE have to tolerate THEM, they can hate us all they want.)
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To: TomB


60 posted on 11/26/2004 5:28:00 PM PST by Gibtx (pajamahadeen call to arms.....)
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