Is the Darkstar Real?

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘America’s SECRET SR-72 Darkstar Is Real! Here’s Why!’ by Militarist

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The SR-72, successor to the SR-71 Blackbird, is a stealthy, hypersonic spy aircraft equipped with advanced technology and weapons for superior speed, agility, and surveillance capabilities.

Key Insights

  • The SR-71 Blackbird was a stealth spy aircraft that could move at incredible speeds and evade missiles.
  • The SR-72, son of Blackbird, is its successor and is designed to be even more invincible and difficult to shoot down.
  • The SR-72 will fly twice as fast as the SR-71, reaching a planned top speed of Mach 6.
  • It will be powered by a turbine-based combined cycle engine, combining both turbojet and scramjet engines into one.
  • Lockheed Martin has already developed the hybrid engine and hinted at the existence of the SR-72 during their 80th-anniversary celebrations.
  • The NGAD fighter, a sixth-generation fighter under development by the U.S. Air Force, could be a hypersonic version of the SR-72.
  • The SR-72 will have advanced stealth features, including a triangular shape, internal payload storage, and no distinct tail section.
  • Advanced sensors and weapons will allow the SR-72 to spot targets from miles away and share data with other fleet members in real-time.
  • The aircraft will have network adaptability and electronically configured smart skins for improved sensor sensitivity.
  • The NGAD fighter is expected to be armed with a wide range of advanced weapons, including laser-directed energy weapons.
  • The SR-72 aims to dominate the skies for decades to come and maintain U.S. dominance as the top global power.

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Transcript

Invisible Missile Evading Hypersonic: America’s secret SR-72 is real

History is a teacher like no other. One that has enough lessons to last a lifetime. And one of the most important of these lessons is that nothing beats speed. If subsonic isn’t enough, supersonic likely is. And if supersonic isn’t enough, hypersonic definitely is. This is a lesson that goes back centuries. But a few decades ago, it became more than just a lesson. It became the decider of who would win the Cold War.

Washington and Moscow were at loggerheads, battling it out for the title of the world’s most powerful nation. In these sorts of rivalries, information is always king and spying is always normal. So the United States built the ultimate spy. One so good at its job, it was invisible to both radar and the human eye. It moved at speeds that were previously thought impossible. Speeds that enabled it to evade missiles like dodgeballs.

And now, this spy has a more powerful successor. This is the story of the successor. The brand new SR-72, son of Blackbird.

And it’s a story that began with the missile-evading SR-71 Blackbird. The SR-71 Blackbird was the result of a secret black project designed to usher in American dominance via an unrivaled combination of stealth and speed. It was designed by American Aerospace Engineer Hall of Famer Clarence Kelly Johnson, who produced many of America’s firsts. These include America’s first operational jet fighter, the P-80 Shooting Star, the first fighter capable of Mach 2, the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, and the first production aircraft to exceed Mach 3, the SR-71 Blackbird.

The SR-71 had a top speed of Mach 3.2 and a peak altitude of 85,000 feet, which forced the Blackbird’s pilots to wear pressurized suits like astronauts do because they were very nearly in space. To this day, the SR-71 holds the record for both the fastest and the highest flying operational aircraft in history.

To handle the pressure that came with flying this fast and this high, 92% of the SR-71 was titanium, the strongest metal ever discovered. The lavish use of titanium maintains the aircraft’s stealth, critical for a strategic reconnaissance aircraft when it’s out spying. Armed with a suite of signals intelligence sensors, a side-looking airborne radar, and a high-def photo camera, the aircraft could gather intelligence in the form of images, signals, measurements, and signatures.

On occasions when stealth wasn’t enough to protect the jet from danger, its speed always came to the rescue. The result of this was a jet that had no weapons, and yet was never lost to enemy fire. Despite over 4,000 missiles being shot at it, the SR-71 outran them all. The $292 million dollar jet was retired in 1999, right at the close of the 20th century.

But two decades into the 21st century, the U.S. is once again in dire need of a jet so invincible, it is almost impossible to shoot down. This is the era of the SR-72, son of Blackbird. A hypersonic aircraft that’ll fly at blurry speeds and be powered by a power plant so powerful, it requires an entire section to explain.

SR-72 Engine

With a planned top speed of Mach 6, the SR-72 is meant to fly twice as fast as the SR-71. Remember, the SR-71 is the fastest aircraft in history. Moving twice as fast as the fastest aircraft in history is as difficult as it sounds. Achieving such a feat requires the most innovative brains working ceaselessly.

So, Lockheed Martin teamed with Aerojet Rocketdyne to develop a turbine-based combined cycle engine for the SR-72. This engine overcomes the biggest challenge to hypersonic travel, which is that scramjet engines, which can thrust a jet to hypersonic speeds, cannot operate at low or stationary speeds. And the turbojet engines, which can operate at low speeds, cannot get a jet to hypersonic speeds.

Lockheed Martin’s new engine addresses this challenge by combining both types of engines into one. The turbojet section of the hybrid engine would accelerate the aircraft from a start position to speeds high enough for scramjets to operate effectively. At this speed, the scramjet section is activated as the main source of thrust, and it thrusts the jet to hypersonic speeds.

According to Rob Weiss, Lockheed Martin’s now-retired Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Skunk Works division, the SR-72’s hybrid engine is already working and ready to be installed on the aircraft. This is a major sign that, although the existence of the aircraft has repeatedly been questioned, the SR-72, son of Blackbird, could indeed be real.

Surely, progress on an engine wouldn’t be enough to determine the existence of an aircraft. It needs something a bit more, like the aircraft manufacturer teasing the aircraft in an 80th anniversary celebration, which is exactly what happened.

Lockheed Martin teased a brand new, yet-to-be-developed aircraft during its 80th anniversary celebrations, twice. The first of these came in July in an Instagram post, where the silhouettes of an aircraft never seen before were placed in the same slideshow as Lockheed’s most prominent aircraft from the past, which included the SR-71.

A few weeks ago, in late November, a similar case occurred. Lockheed Martin’s ad commemorating the celebrations once again featured an all-too-unfamiliar aircraft, one that bears a striking resemblance to what the SR-72 needs to be to dominate the future skies.

And like that wasn’t enough, Vega Moradian, the editor-in-chief of the Defense and Aerospace Report, remarked that the aircraft Lockheed had been hinting at may already be in the Air Force’s possession. This coincides with the timeline of the Next Generation Air Dominance Fighter, or NGAD fighter, that the U.S. Air Force has been working on. The NGAD fighter is a 6th generation fighter under development to be the next air superiority aircraft of the U.S. Air Force. Some sources claim it would be hypersonic, so there is a chance the SR-72 grew into the NGAD fighter.

All of these combined hint at a weighty conspiracy theory, or a new indomitable aircraft in the works. What it really is is anyone’s guess, but what its capabilities could be? Now that’s no secret. It is an impressive cocktail of air superiority greatness.

Stealth:

Stealth is an advancement that has been here only one generation of fighters ago, but it’s one that’s here to stay. According to the Air Force’s Biennial Acquisition Report covering the fiscal years 2019 and 2020, the NGAD fighter would maximize its stealth features by taking an overall triangular shape, internally holding its payload, and having no distinct tail section, also known as vertical stabilizers. It’s the first fighter in history to be unveiled with such a revolutionary design.

Vertical stabilizers had always been required to keep an aircraft airborne until the concept of active flow control came to life in the B-2 Spirit. Active flow control uses computer brains on board to constantly adjust the flow around the aircraft to keep it airborne, similarly to how birds fly. The result of this on an aircraft is top-level stealth and, well, a not-so-wallet-friendly cost. This, to an extent, justifies why the B-2 cost $2 billion, why NASA invested a heavy $1 billion into the SR-72 development, why Congress has budgeted over $10 billion for the Air Force’s NGAD program in less than a decade, and why the Navy recently detailed a budget request of over $9 billion for the next five years.

Advanced Sensors and Weapons:

The immediate surroundings of the SR-72, as the NGAD fighter, will be miles wide, as it would be capable of spotting targets, friendlies, and points of interest from tens of miles away. The sensors that make this possible come with maximum connectivity and, thus, the ability to share its data with every other member of the fleet, whether 6th generation or not, keeping every member of the U.S. fleet abreast of relevant information in real-time. The U.S. would do away with radars mounted on aircraft to electronically configured smart skins integrated into the aircraft’s fuselage. This results in increased sensor sensitivity as well as network adaptability.

Regarding weapons, the NGAD fighter is expected to be armed to the teeth with the widest array of advanced American guns, bombs, missiles, and laser-directed energy weapons. Of these, laser weapons are the most headlining, for understandable reasons. For one, they have unlimited magazines and they can continue to fire for as long as they’re connected to power sources. Next, they strike targets at a speed of 180,000 miles per second, the speed of light, the fastest thing in the universe.

From weapons to sensors, stealth to engines, all of these and more combine to create a fighter well-equipped to execute missions with ease, dominate the skies for decades to come, and do all of that at time-warping speeds, the new American dream.

This is the era of a new hypersonic jet, set to build on the legacy of the legendary SR-71. It’ll fly faster, wield weapons, and feature technologies that would make it even more legendary than its predecessor, ultimately keeping the United States at the top of the global rankings for decades to come.

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This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘America’s SECRET SR-72 Darkstar Is Real! Here’s Why!’ by Militarist