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If we stop producing new weapons, what will happen when China and other countries over take us in terms of military technological superiority?
originally posted by: Assassin82
We don't need new bombers. There are much bigger problems looming in our aerial arsenal then bombers. The B-1 and the B-2 are doing just fine as well as the B-52.
Bigger issues at hand: The F-35 and the F-22 need permanent solutions. They are very unreliable. The F-15 and F-16 are still are go to fighters, but they've been around for quite sometime.
Then there are the tankers. I still fly regular missions on the KC-135, which has far exceeded its life expectancy. There aren't many KC-10's out in the system. The KC-46 is nearly ready to be inserted into our inventory, but that's going to take a long time before it completely replaces the KC-135's.
I'm low on the totem pole so my opinions mean squat. But if it were me, I'd invest all that money into fixing our stealth fighters first, pushing out as many new tankers as we can as quickly as we can. Getting some additional C-130J's in the air to take the pressure and hours off the C-17's (where applicable). Purchasing a few new C-17's. And finally, finding a new age A-10.
My opinions come from 12 years in the AF, 8 of which have been flying on KC-135's, C-17's, and C-130's performing aeromedical evacuation mission all over the world accumulating over 1,300 hours (700 combat hours). Not an expert opinion, just an experienced opinion.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: darksidius
No bigger than a B-2, in fact slightly smaller than one.