posted on Jan, 26 2017 @ 05:28 AM
a reply to: aholic
I have a feeling that this design will indeed have to fulfill many, many roles if they select it: it is such an breakthrough configuration, much like
the B-2 was, that it will absorb huge amounts of money to get the design right, then as importantly to get the manufacturing and assembly process
correct. The USAF will need not only to buy maybe 200 tankers at least like this, but perhaps as many modified to fulfill surveillance/AWACS, C4I,
exec transport, cargo transport, medivac and likely some type of patrol/strike role...and then they have to get some tight fisted allies to buy a few
I do wonder about this BWB design: how flexible will it be to change its configuration to different roles in short order? Or will each plane have to
be quite specialized and it won't be feasible to economically reconfigure it in short order? Can that capability be built in from the start?