Developed by the world’s largest military-industrial corporation Lockheed Martin, the SR-72 hypersonic drone will be able to fly with impunity over areas of Europe or Asia, collecting the necessary intelligence information, writes 19FortyFive columnist Steve Balestrieri.
“Imagine a future crisis somewhere in Europe or Asia, and the United States will receive an [unmanned] aircraft to gather intelligence over the scene in an hour and a half. This can become a reality in a very short time, as leading US aeronautical engineers make it possible, ”the author admits.
The observer recalls that the SR-72 will be the successor to the American strategic supersonic reconnaissance aircraft SR-71, the speed of which was higher than that of any Soviet (Russian) fighter. “More than 4,000 air-to-air missiles were fired at the SR-71, but they did not hit it,” Balestrieri said.
The author claims that the SR-72 will become the world’s fastest reusable heavy drone. The main problem in the development of a promising aircraft, the author calls the creation of its propulsion system, capable of operating in a wide range of speeds.