The hypersonic fighter jet, which appears in the movie “Top Gun: Maverick”, starring Tom Cruise, may not be just a fictional work, but a real military aircraft that will soon become part of the US Navy. James Taiclet, CEO of Lockheed Marin, the company that makes most of the weapons and ammunition in the United States, confirmed that the Skunk Works division has partnered with Hollywood filmmakers to create the Darkstar hypersonic aircraft design.
But, the model presented in the film seems to be based on the sketches of a new hypersonic aircraft that the company plans to produce, called SR-72. In April, another Lochkheed Martin executive, John Nielson, said the Darkstar aircraft could reveal some details from the company’s new aircraft. The SR-72 hypersonic aircraft is in production at the company’s factory in California and is expected to enter the US Navy by 2030. It will follow the SR-71 model, which when it debuted in 1976 broke the speed records after traveling to less than two hours from New York to London.
Skunk Works, the secret branch of Lockheed Martin, has created several iconic US military aircraft, such as the Blackbird spy plane and later “invisible” fighter jets, which escape the enemy army radars. Lockheed Martin’s hypersonic aircraft program manager Brad Leland has stated that speed will be the strongest weapon in the air war of the future. According to the company, the next aircraft produced for the US military, will be able to hit any point within a continent, in less than an hour. The SR-72 is designed to fly unmanned, at six times the speed of sound, or about 6,400 km / h.