“Joke Tech” to Burn Cash, Run up Profits and Make Wars Seem Challenging
In 1962, the US flew its first SR 71 “Blackbird.” This was 52 years ago. Publicly we admit to now having planes that fly only half as fast and half as high. Have we really been going backwards as though in a time machine in reverse or has our military become liars?
Did Time Really Stop in 1962?
Actually, we always were but that’s another story.
Defense has always been a game, planes for pilots, giant aircraft carriers, fat and easy targets, to burn up cash and dot the ocean with a navy bloated with 17th century tech.
The insult of all time is the F 35, the $243 million dollar each “flying garbage truck,” not so fast, not so stealthy, not so good at air to air combat, in fact, not really very good at anything at all other than its real task, “John McCain’s pilot killer.”
Let’s talk about suppressed aircraft tech. America just deployed the F22 Raptor to Korea to counter the imaginary threat of North Korea. For those who are awake and alive, not watching TV news, it has to be clear that the US could care less what Korea says.
Korea threatened to nuke the US, we are told at least, and in response, Secretary of State Kerry flew to Tel Aviv to threaten Iran. The reason is simple and very secret, the US, Israel and others have had “under the table” deals with North Korea for a long time. Like with the American financial groups that launder drug money from their hideaways in Cuba, North Korea serves a purpose, a private place for secret things, far from prying eyes.
“Bandit corporations” love North Korea. It is the “clean room” of countries where “anything” can be done and for profit, there is NOTHING corporations will not do.
In 1983, a movie was made starring Gregory Hines, Sigourney Weaver and Chevy Chase called “Deal of the Century.” It was about drones, not the kind that blow up villages but pilotless drones capable of 20g turns, the “air supremacy” pilotless aircraft the air force, a gang of otherwise “unemployed,” has worked to suppress.
The film has wonderful special effects showing what super/hypersonic drones can do but the following clip is more fun:
I was going to follow this one with a drone cut but, to hell with it, another reminder of the cost of screwing with those of who have “issues.”
The United States has two aircraft it says it is building the next 40 years of air supremacy behind, the F22, an excellent aircraft, a project murdered by John McCain and the F35, a flying deathtrap pushed by John McCain.
McCain is the only American pilot nearly credited with sinking an aircraft carrier single-handed. Too bad it was one of our own. For years, “Hanoi John McCain” has made key decision that have guided America to abandon POW’s in Southeast Asia and has pushed our military into one defense system failure after another. If McCain is “our best,” imagine who the worst might be.
Ah, but I digress. Our focus here is on the gap between our claimed technologies and those some suspect exist and that others of us know are there and can speak of only in broad terms. Among the “tech” we are not told of is how far drone development has gone.
One might ask why the US would think the F35 would outclass any competing aircraft for 40 years when the JA 17 built in Pakistan can shoot it down?Pakistan’s JA 17, you can buy 30 of these for the cost of one F 35
The answer is simple. The answer isn’t just classified, it can’t even be discussed, anywhere, not until now. Let’s take a look at the experimental “scramjet” X-51, a demonstrator drone capable of above Mach 6 performance.
Artist’s rendering of the X-51 Scramjet
Now, let’s look at the same “drone” mounted under the wing of a B 52, capable of carrying “several” similar platforms.
X-51 Scramjet mounted under the wing of a B 52
The idea of the “40 year” plane is a deception. We have fewer than 200 F-22’s. What isn’t being said, however, is that each F-22 can operate its own squadron of unmanned drones capable of operating up to 1000 miles away, able to outperform any manned aircraft. These “drones,” we are told don’t exist, can fly rings around any plane and even chase down most air defense missiles, not just outmaneuvering them but outrunning them as well.
The concept is over a century old:
USS Akron launching an interceptor
THE PERFECT “WINGMAN”
Imagine, if you may, a fighter pilot in an F 35, unable to see anything from his confined cockpit but displays. Then imagine having two “wingmen,” all pilotless, having their 360 degree visibility and controlling them in ways that makes even the most advanced air to air missiles beyond obsolete.
A drone “wingman” can outrun any foe, shoot down any incoming missile, and destroy any enemy plane by simply flying past at above Mach 3.
A single pilot can run multiple missions, suppressing air defenses, downing cruise missiles or dominating enough airspace to cover half of France.
The question you might ask: “Why use a pilot at all?”
The answer is complicated, perhaps political, both within the military itself and another key issue; as with the infantryman, “boots on the ground,” without a live body in an aircraft, what is “air supremacy” could easily be termed “air piracy” or terrorism.
One issue is tied to continued Air Force resistance to pilotless drones shooting down piloted planes. They simply don’t like the idea. Every Air Force pilot hopes to retire at O-6 or above. Many thousands do, as our bloated defense budget is testimony to.
Then think of the Navy. The aircraft carrier concept would be “dead in the water.” Any destroyer could launch dozens of aircraft. Refueling platforms could loiter forever, protected from any known technology.
Face it, two destroyers would be an easy match for an entire carrier battle group.
Oh, you mean this might just be too inexpensive and too effective? That?
The F-35 is designed to carry a variety of “directed energy weapons,” described as laser and microwave. The video below shows the test of a laser system.
The limitation has been our ability to power directed energy weapons. However, highly classified advances in energy weapons have rewritten everything we know about air defense.
We are given a piece here, a scrap there, short videos of low powered systems though there is clearly available energy, neutronic and aneutronic fusion and perhaps “Tesla/Scalar” based systems that can produce directed energy capable of blasting craters in the moon, much less shooting down aircraft.
Here is a Navy video on a current technology we are told is “state of the art.”
HOW IT LOOKS FROM THE COCKPIT
To a Raptor driver, controlling between 3 and 10 drones, hypersonic missile “hustlers” or virtually untouchable “super-interceptors,” the target and IFF (Identify Friend/Foe) aspects of the Eagle (F 15) simply take on, not just range and capability but an added dimension of AI. (Artificial Intelligence)
What at one time had been referred to as “firing” will now simply be “unleashing.”
Sitting there in that cockpit, I can see where I might well be concerned that every chip on every board on every drone was American made.
As our experiences with the RQ 170 and others over Iran have taught us, technology is only as strong as the lock on the “back door.”
Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.
Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.