Is the ‘Super Talon’ Northrop Grumman’s next surprise?

Northrop Grumman’s advanced development team has been busy lately. The last two years has yielded the revelations of MUVR, Wild Thing, MQ-X and, most recently, Firebird. Now, another secret concept may have leaked outside Northrop’s version of Skunk Works. According to the US Patent and Trademark Office, Northrop has applied to register the rights to this logo:

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The trademark application, which was published for opposition on 19 April, is described in Northrop’s application as a “jet trainer airplanes and structural parts thereof”, the USPTO database states.

It does not require a speculative leap to deduce that Super Talon refers to Northrop’s secret candidate for the T-X contract, which will replace the US Air Force’s T-38 Talon advanced jet trainers after 2017 if schedules hold.

The question is what exactly the Super Talon represents? Could it be a rebuilt T-38, with 9g manoeuvring, embedded training and digital cockpit wrapped inside a traditional Talon’s shell? Or is it perhaps merely based on the Talon, but offers far greater performance and power than an aircraft that actually first flew in 1961? Or is it perhaps in the mould of Northrop’s latest experiments with unmanned and optionally manned aircraft, with Scaled Composites as the rapid prototyping designer? Scaled has some experience in this area. Who remembers Burt Rutan’s ARES concept?

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2 Responses to Is the ‘Super Talon’ Northrop Grumman’s next surprise?

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