posted on Nov, 9 2017 @ 01:25 PM
a reply to: FredT
First i wouldnt read too much into the document. It may very well be little more than the usual talking points copy pasted by yet another government
agency. Doesnt necessarily mean its happening this way.
I could see this requirement referring tot he family of system approach too, for example. Meaning, instead of having an aircraft that can fly manned
or unmanned based on mission configuration, you’d have diffrent B-21 variants, some built for unmanned flight and some not.
Not unlike what they did with the F-35s. They developed different variants of the same plane for different requirements.
I just have a hard time believing anything else would be an good idea from a design perspective. Adding a poor mans unmanned flight capability on an
manned platform is certainly not too much of a hassle but its also far, far from a good solution. An purpose built unmanned platform ‚without the
cockpit and life support‘ to put it in simple terms will always be superior.