A video recently shot at BAE Warton shows a mystery stealth jet moved upside down. Not a (current) Black Project, still interesting.
The following footage was shot on Feb. 18, near BAE Systems facilities at Warton, in Lancashire, England.
The aircraft being moved is probably a full size model of the BAE Replica, a British stealth aircraft model developed by BAE in the 1990s and used for radar testing before its associated program, the FOAS (Future Offensive Air System), was cancelled in 2005.
The FOAS was a study aimed at finding a replacement for the RAF Tornado GR4. After the program was scrapped, it was replaced by the Deep and Persistent Offensive Capability (DPOC) program that was itself cancelled in 2010, following the UK military’s spending review.
The Taranis UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle) a semi-autonomous pilotless system that will feature an intercontinental range and will be able to carry a wide variety of weapons, including PGMs (Precision Guided Munitions) and air-to-air missiles, emerged as the eventual successor of the FOAS.
Anyway, the experience done by the BAE with the full-scale model of the BAE Replica is believed to be useful for the F-35, that is going to be the actual replacement for the Tornado GR4.
What’s unclear is what the airplane was doing in the open (and upside down). For sure nothing really secret (otherwise it would have been covered).
It’s been used for some additional tests on stealth technologies/designs? Something useful for the Taranis project or something else?
The comments about being ‘upside-down’ are funny, but hey, look at that undercarriage!! really unique!
Back end reminds me of the YF-23 .
I suspect it was being moved to the museum. In other news I’ve heard that they are planning to open the museum to the public in the future.
A museum? It was moved to its hanger. If you’ve ever been to BAE Warton, you’d see it’s got it’s own little hanger out back away from everything else.
A prop for the next Bond movie? ;)
It is a full-scale model of the Turkish Aerospace Industries TF-X Twin-Engine Air Superiority fighter that BAE Systems is helping Turkey develop. Pre-conceptual design phase was completed on 29 September 2013. Most likely undergoing wind-tunnel testing etc in UK. I think it is also clearly evident that BAE is using technology from its own Replica program.