Lockheed Martin appears to simulate US airstrike on Russian forces in promo

US weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin has simulated a devastating attack of what appears to be their warplanes and surveillance systems against Russian forces.

In a promotional video, the weapons manufacturing giant – which supplies the US army with military equipment and weapons – boasts it has been developing autonomous vehicles "in near-secrecy" under the banner of Skunk Works for more than 60 years.

The clip shows motion graphics of a strike against a Russian S-400 missile defense system and Topol-M mobile intercontinental ballistic missile system, defence-blog.com reports.

It shows off various models of autonomous planes currently being designed at Lockheed Martin as well as its already active F-35 fighter jets.

"Persistent intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft and unmanned systems have been the hallmark of Lockheed Martin Skunk Works for more than six decades" a voiceover states.

"With much of this work completed in near-secrecy, the men and women of Skunk Works make it their mission to anticipate needs and imagine solutions that provide life-saving intelligence for our war-fighters and allies.

"We are developing solutions that are survivable. Evolving war-fighting through flight demonstrations, synchronising weapons systems for advanced battle management."

Lockheed Martin's legendary "Skunk Works" was born out of the chaos of World War Two and its name has now become a popular term in tech fields to describe scientists able to work without constant interference from above.

On its YouTube channel, the defence company claims: "The unique and proven Skunk Works approach has enabled the impossible to become reality, including the design of revolutionary ISR [intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition] and UAS [unmanned aircraft systems] and associated enabling technologies."

Lockheed Martin's F-35 supersonic jets, which featured in the new promo video, were declared "ready for deployment" in the UK last year.

But the Pentagon's chief weapons tester Robert Behler said the F-35 jets break down "more often than planned" amid a $34 billion (£29 billion) deal, Bloomberg reports.

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