F-22 design concept derived from the X-44
The aircraft design was one of Lockheed Martin’s top designs, developed as a way to upgrade American radar drones.
The X-44 MANTA tailless aircraft design is derived from Lockheed’s famous F-22 design.
The X-44A MANTA (Multi-Axis No-Tail Aircraft) was launched in 1999 and is scheduled to launch in 2007.
According to Air Force Magazine, Lockheed Martin may have produced up to six F-22-like fuselage designs for the US Air Force.
None of them were selected, but NASA was interested in researching how to control tailless designs using this special design using thrust vectoring.
By design, the radar disappears
The X-44 has the same radar-retardant power as the F-22, and is likely to outperform the F-22.
His computer-aided design of the concept showed that the air intakes of the aircraft, rather than the F-22, spread the enemy radar waves inside.
Like the popular B-2, the X-44 has a tailless design that gives it more radar-deflection capabilities than a tailed aircraft.
Instead of using conventional control systems in combat flight, MANTA also uses thrust vectoring, which can rotate the exhaust manifold.
Thrust vectoring design is not a new innovation for the United States, but it is a design that Russia has been using successfully for a long time.
The redesigned Delta wing design can do a lot more good than its predecessors.
By design, Delta wings have a wider interior and exterior than conventional wings and can carry more fuel.
Combined fuel tanks, called wet wings, are housed inside the wing.
This type of fuel injection is one of the most widely used and efficient ways to carry a large amount of fuel.
The design allows the X-44 to carry more fuel and eliminate the need for additional fuel tanks, which improves airflow and reduces traction while in flight.
The X-44 is Lockheed Martin’s unique single-fighter aircraft design without radar-capable tailored aircraft for the US Air Force.
It is unknown at this time what will happen to the next-generation US F-22, but MANTA could not be seen from the shutdown production of the F-22.