NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- This week's issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology (AW&ST) features a digital-only Defense Technology edition that analyzes secret military programs and projects — whether the costs and disadvantages are offset by benefits — and reveals further information about two essential classified USAF programs currently underway.
"The size and scope of secret military projects has never been bigger," said Bill Sweetman, chief editor, AW&ST's Defense Technology Edition. "Stealth, which is the biggest factor in most air force secret programs, is not discussed today as openly as it was 20 years ago."
That renewed secretiveness may not be justified, suggested Sweetman, since Russia, China and European defense industries are now flying stealth aircraft, showing that they understand the technology. "That's an important issue," said Sweetman, "Because stealth technology is at the core of today's most controversial defense projects." AW&ST's defense editorial team have assembled an in-depth digital issue that includes:
- More details about two important classified USAF programs – a Northrop Grumman reconnaissance UAV and a bomber demonstrator
- CIA's growing "shadow air force" of armed drones
- How Chinese culture helps that nation keep its secrets while it helps itself to everyone else's
- Lockheed Blackbirds, Israeli spy satellites and Nimrod replacements
- Multimedia slideshow illustrating how some secret programs were uncovered before declassification status and those that pioneered technology that was never fully exploited because of secrecy available here: http://www.aviationweek.com/Portals/aweek/media/secrets_AW_12_03_2012/secrets.html
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