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http://www.defense-aerospace.com/data/comm...a/2003Jun16280/

 

Source: EADS; issued June 14, 2003)

   

   

    LE BOURGET, France --- A second test flight of EADS/LFK's hypersonic missile is planned for August 2003 at a German test site. It is the intention that the Mach 6.5 world speed record set up during a similar low-level test flight last year will be further improved upon. The second test flight will be the last in the ongoing German research and technology project and will provide a basis at the same time for the three-year German-Swedish hypersonic technology programme, which is due to be launched in 2004.

   

    During a first test flight in February 2002, an EADS/LFK hypersonic missile designed following a new integral concept reached a speed of over Mach 6.5 - more than 2.1 kilometres per second. Lattice fins were used for aerodynamic stabilisation of the missile.

   

    This time planar fins designed specially for extremely high speeds will be employed. In the coming test, attention will also be focussed on hypersonic aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics - impact point temperatures of up to 2,700 degrees Centigrade are anticipated - and heat-resistant composites. Various samples of innovative high-temperature materials submitted by the European industrial partners and institutions will be on board the test missile for the free-flight test. Special attention will be once again on the high-performance engine developed by Bayern-Chemie, that completely fulfilled expectations in its first test in 2002.

   

    The German-Swedish "Hypersonic Technology Joint Programme" is scheduled to run from 2004 to 2007. On the German side, BGT (Bodenseewerk Gerätetechnik) and Bayern-Chemie will form a working group together with EADS/LFK, working under contract to the Federal Office for Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB, Koblenz). In Sweden, Saab Bofors Dynamics will be commissioned by the National Office for Armaments and Defence FMV (Försvarets Materielverk). On the governmental and industrial sides, preparations for the German-Swedish technological project are currently running at full speed.

   

    Upon conclusion of a "Technical Arrangement" between the two governments, bids will be submitted by the companies. Besides the main system disciplines aerodynamics, control and structural mechanics, EADS/LFK will be developing the overall control module with on-board computer for the tail-controlled test missile. This will take place within the scope of the previously agreed worksharing within the international industrial team.

   

    On the basis of the technological findings from the supersonic studies and tests, future high-speed guided missile systems in the fields of antiaircraft/air defence and ground target engagement are to be developed.

   

    EADS/LFK-Lenkflugkörpersysteme GmbH is a business unit of EADS European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company. With revenues amounting to 30.8 billion euros, EADS, which was founded in July 2000, is the world's second largest aerospace company. EADS has a workforce of approximately 103,000.

   

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Känner jag de flesta här, så är text utan bilder för jobbigt att de ska ta sig igenom för att det ska generera i kommentarer. :P

 

Det är alltså "bara" en ren teknologistudie för eventuella framtida vapensystem. Jag skulle sett lite mer kött på benen.

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Känner jag de flesta här, så är text utan bilder för jobbigt att de ska ta sig igenom för att det ska generera i kommentarer.  :P

 

Det är alltså "bara" en ren teknologistudie för eventuella framtida vapensystem. Jag skulle sett lite mer kött på benen.

Kan inte annat än att hålla med.....tyvärr :huh:

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