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originally posted by: NiZZiM
a reply to: boomer135
But we do have nukes so why both? Just curious really. And we have stealth cruise missiles, stealth drones and anti grav super stealth light speed saucers (jk) but really why do we need such crazy costly bombers? A bunch of cruise missiles sneaks in and does the same thing.
originally posted by: UnderKingsPeak
Let me first say I seriously don't see the B2
getting shelved anytime soon.
It's still one heck of a LRSB.
But..If the bleep really hit the fan..
Let just say,
Space, is the final frontier.
Quick targeting, world wide capabilities
exotic weapons and always at the ready.
Just orbiting and waiting.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: buntalanlucu
One stealth UAV brought down doesn't suddenly make stealth obsolete. There are a number of ways that they could have detected it.
If a single detection made it obsolete they would have gotten rid of it in 99.
Though advanced for its time, the F-117's stealthy faceted airframe required a large amount of maintenance and was eventually superseded by streamlined shapes produced with computer-aided design. Other weapons began to take on the F-117A's roles, such as the F-22 Raptor gaining ability to drop guided bombs in 1993. By 2005 the aircraft was used only for certain missions, such as if a pilot needed to verify that the correct target had been hit, or when minimal collateral damage was vital.
The Air Force had once planned to retire the F-117 in 2011, but Program Budget Decision 720 (PBD 720), dated 28 December 2005, proposed retiring it by October 2008 to free up an estimated $1.07 billion to buy more F-22s. PBD 720 called for 10 F-117s to be retired in FY2007 and the remaining 42 in FY2008, stating that other Air Force planes and missiles could stealthily deliver precision payloads, including the B-2 Spirit, F-22 and JASSM.