Re: Boscombe Down incident

Message posted by Smythers (Member since 01/10/2010) on April 08, 2021 at 14:34:17 PST:

3 reasons why a platform may be still classified.

1) Showing an early stealth airframe shows the 'thought process' behind it, and the direction any advances would take.

Boeing's Quiet Bird M835 is a great example of this. Slid back into the black for decades and decades. Why? It is a stellar example of being on the right path to low observables.

2) Tactics. A platform that (say for example) has a radical design intended to defeat even high end IADS needs to stay hidden because if it were known? Enemy planners could adapt their systems accordingly.

3) Crazy curveball here. Everyone who could sign off on a project is dead. Thus it stays buried forever unless a document dump from government releases it. It happens. My father worked on a system that was classified from the 60s to this very day (Granted it was a CIA / NRO effort, so is a tad sensitive still)

Hope that helps.

In Reply to: Re: Boscombe Down incident posted by Jam on April 08, 2021 at 14:21:15 PST:


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