posted on Mar, 11 2016 @ 01:13 PM
I'm not a huge fan of scout warrior, but they and military.com seem to have subsumed the old Defense Tech blog.
They discuss a number of upgrades that would be coming with the Arsenal Plane if the B-52 ends up being the platform. At this point, it almost sounds
a foregone conclusion that the BUFF is it, but, who knows.
While I was aware the Arsenal Plane would end up carrying AAMs, I was under the impression they would be strictly for very long distance attacks, with
the 5th/6th gen fighters doing final targeting via data link. However! The AMRAAM isn't THAT long of range unless they are planning on a, erm,
forgive me, buffed version. I would actually expect something like a nouveau Phoenix being developed instead.
Likewise, I am curious about the weapons stowage. I would think they'd need to do something other than the rotatory launcher they have now, but I
don't know of any alternatives the Blue Beanies are working on. The ARMY is finally coming around to a generic near vertical launcher, like the Navy
has had for decades, but ... ah well.
I'm still of the opinion what will happen is the B-52 will end up the interim platform and an unmanned variant of the next cargo bird will be the
'real' arsenal plane.