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A finished B-21 is expected to be presented to the public later this year, with the first flight occurring in 2023.
 

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The flight profile of the missile seems to show that this missile can even hit targets behind. Its more of an underarm baclwaord throw over the shoulders.
The Aim-120D also has this capability.

This will be the US last IR missile the Aim-260 will take over both roles as BVR and WVR.
 

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Isn't it 2-stage though?
Two stage was the Barracuda concept.

-What we do know about the AIM-260 is that the new missile will have the same general diameter and length as AIM-120. This will, among other things, allow it to be carried inside internal weapons bays on stealth fighters that were designed to accommodate the AMRAAM.

The dimensional requirements mean that a ramjet powerplant, as used in the pan-European Meteor missile, is impossible. So, a new type of solid-fuel motor seems to be a given, perhaps a dual-pulse type to ensure energy across the flight envelope just like on the PL-15. As Aviation Week’s defense editor Steve Trimble has pointed out, this new propulsion unit could be combined with miniaturization of other components as a way of increasing the fuel load to eke out yet more range. Advanced highly-loaded grain propellant, which is also being developed for use in other air-to-air missiles, could help improve performance without increasing the overall form factor.

 
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Hicks was asked where her next trip will be to, and she said “back to California, … very soon,” possibly indicating that the rollout of the B-21, predicted for the April/May timeframe, will happen on schedule.
 

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Skunk Works Helped Create The Darkstar Jet For Top Gun: Maverick​

Skunk Works helped dream up the high-speed test jet Maverick flies in the Top Gun sequel, bringing another level of realism to the production.​


A screen shot of a clip from the 2022 film Top Gun: Maverick showing a fictional hypersonic aircraft that Lockheed Martin helped craft.


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RS-85 Dolos makes an interesting read too.