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  • Black World - Black Projects - Black Books

    For discussion of past and/or present "Secret" projects, R&D, etc. Nominally these tend to be unmentioned in open sources, limited in knowledge to those outside the "project" and financing is "buried" in other projects or items in the part of budgets that are known and available to the public, so called "Black Books (accounting records)".

    One typical and classic example is the Stealth Fighter (more a fighter-bomber) known as the F-117; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_F-117_Nighthawk ; which had basic research and development (R&D) done in secret with little public knowledge, though after time there were some "rumors" starting to float about. Eventually this aircraft was revealed and made "public" with the acknowledgement that it was now operational and assigned to unit(s).

    Later, as my time allows, I'll post here some more current and/or interesting examples. Of course others are invited to do likewise, and not necessarily material involving the USA only. Some recent reading/researching has suggested this thread, which I was planning to start just before the recent off-line and upgrade to the forum. More later ...
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    TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
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    Shiva Star

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    Shiva Star, originally just SHIVA, is a high-powered pulsed-power research device located at the Air Force Research Laboratory on the Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The device was originally built in the 1970s for high-power X-ray research, was later re-directed to studies for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), and is now being used for magnetized target fusion research. Shiva Star was named after the Hindu god Shiva, partly because its prototype originally had four "arms"; it now has six "arms".
    ... Plasma weapon

    Main article: MARAUDER


    Shiva Star was also used to develop an experimental weapon known as MARAUDER for the SDI effort between 1989 and 1995. The idea appears to have been to create compact toroids of high-density plasma that would be ejected from the device using a massive magnetic pulse.[2] The plasma projectiles would be shot at a speed expected to be 3000 km/s in 1995 and 10,000 km/s (3.3% of the speed of light) by 2000. A shot has the energy of 5 pounds of TNT exploding. Doughnut-shaped rings of plasma and balls of lightning exploded with devastating thermal and mechanical effects when hitting their target and produced pulse of electromagnetic radiation that could scramble electronics, the energy would shower the interior of the target with high-energy x-rays that would potentially destroy the electronics inside. The tests cost a few million dollars a year.[3] The project become classified, and no information about the fate of the project has been published after 1995.
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva_Star MARAUDER

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    MARAUDER (Magnetically accelerated ring to achieve ultrahigh directed energy and radiation) is, or was, a United States Air Force Research Laboratory project concerning the development of a coaxial plasma railgun. It is one of several United States Government efforts to develop plasma-based projectiles.[1] The first computer simulations occurred in 1990, and its first published experiment appeared on August 1, 1993.[2][3]
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MARAUDER
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    Some reading~research of late has me coming across Advancing Tech projects that go "off radar" ....
    Whiskey for my men, and beer for my horses.
    TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
    Bock's First Law of History: The Past shapes the Present, which forms the Future. *

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