US Air Force LRS-B Bomber Thread

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    pardon me, brother, are you saying 6Gen Fighter procurement will be put off because of the Bomber maybe?? or I misread? (Like for the question marks :)
     
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    countered :)
    McCain Hammers Air Force on Bomber Cost Secrecy
    source: http://www.defensenews.com/story/de...mmers-air-force-bomber-cost-secrecy/81501682/
     
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    I am, I am disappointed that purportedly the B-21 may only carry one show stopper, instead of the two carried by the B-2. If something is "optionally manned", odds are that its mission could be carried out by long range cruise missles at a "substantial savings".

    Like the battleship, the bomber has grown less effective than in the past, we have lots of heavy "fighter bombers" that can perform those conventional missions, and defend our heavy bombers in the process.

    If a deep penetration is part of the equation, all the bad guys need is a "visual" sighting to be able to "run down, and shoot down" an aircraft that is purely defensive at that point.

    by contrast I "know" we need a high end fighter, as good as F-35 is, it still in NOT a Raptor, and Raptor numbers are at bare minimum. Those Raptors need to be augmented by at least 500 Hi end aircraft, but those will NOT be coming if we throw all our resources into LRSB.

    Like China is beginning to find out, these birds are "expensive, but worth it"!
     
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    In terms of spending timeline, the heavy hitters on near term funding are the F-35, Ohio replacement and LRS-B programs. 6th gen is too early to be in the spending equation. Critically if the LRS-B program seriously get out of control then that could potentially impact the 6th gen program both in terms of funding and credibility of the USAF.

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    I understand the minimum force structure needed is about double the present number of available F-22's but you need to move on and the USAF have to live with what they have got.

    Likewise China will find out there is a big difference between hand made prototypes and mass producing 5th gen fighters and more importantly there is no infinite amount of spending money.
     
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    Revealed: Behind the Shadowy B-21 Stealth Bomber's Veil of Secrecy
    http://nationalinterest.org/blog/th...d-the-shadowy-b-21-stealth-bombers-veil-15450
     
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    Let the B-21 Bomber Naming Contest Begin
    source: http://www.defensetech.org/2016/03/09/let-the-future-bomber-naming-contest-begin/
     
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    Penalty for breaking Northrop's B-21 contract is '$300 million'

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/penalty-for-breaking-northrops-b-21-contract-is-3-422960/

     
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    B-21 And F-35 Engines May Share Tech; Pratt Won’t Talk

    http://breakingdefense.com/2016/03/b-21-and-f-35-engines-may-share-tech-pratt-wont-talk/

     
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    It's logical that the F35 an B21 would share engine technology's. Leveraging existing technologies would be a means of keeping costs under control.
    I wouldn't be surprised if it also chared some sensors like EOTS II
     
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