Excellent thread Intelgurl.
I havn't been able to reply yet cause of pc probs and then it wouldn't let me log in...but anyway...
I'm not a fan of the B-1R, Thats an aging airframe and I dont think its good enough to be a future strike option, and that also goes with the
The BWB Arsenal Aircraft it unique, reminds me of the Navy's Arsenal Ship concepts...which I liked, I like the idea of having a huge variety of
weapons and you can choose what would work best for your intended target. But it would have to be stealthy, but even then...I just dont see this
aircraft getting used much except for the beginning of wars...since its obviously meant for hualing a massive payload, which would only be needed for
a "Shock and Awe" type of event. I would only recomend this aircraft if the USAF is seriously considering a future war with China or Russia.
I dont know much about the X-45 "D" varient...But i'm assuming it will look exactly like the "C" varient only larger...and I like the X-45C.
However I wouldn't support it...The main reason would be its speed, since it's sub-sonic only. I just dont see this being that used...Cause once
you make it bigger then the "C" varient, it looses some of its appeal, since it would become basically an unmanned B-2...And I dont see the need for
having 2 Aircraft with the same bombing role.
The F/B-22 is probably the most talked about and hyped (future) bomber currently out there, I think it would be a solid design, and it would help
lower the costs of the F/A-22 as well, I like the design and think it would do a good job, and it could be used it todays world, where more often
then not you are bombing a couple buildings...and not an entire city, so I think its payload, combined with radar stealth, and hopefully visual
stealth as well, and its speed could make this a winning combination.
I do wonder what Lockheed has up their sleeve, since they often create some of the best looking aircraft out there. But unfortunatly they have a
history of being very good at keeping secrets.
The Morphing Aircraft is only in its very beginning stages, Lockheed is testing a scale model...but thats it as far as I know. But it has the
potential to revolutionize the bussiness...and i'm not just talking about military aircraft, cause commerial aircraft in the future (at least smaller
bussiness jets) will be supersonic, with low-boom tech, if they had the ability to tuck there wings in when supersonic it could greatly increase fuel
efficiency. Which is also a big factor for the military.....If there intel tells them Osama will be This location, at That time, then they could send
a UCAV up and have it retract its wings and go supersonic, and when it gets to its target it can unfold them and loiter above the target increaseing
its fuel efficiency and perhaps gathering additional up-to-date info on the target to see if if the intel was correct, where as a normal UCAV, like
the X-45C, would take longer to get there...and Osama could be gone by then...thats just one of the many examples on how this tech will change it
My coolest looking vote has got to go to that F/B-23 pic...thats the first good rendering i've seen of it...Is it from Northrop?
I liked the Y/F-23, but since thats out of the picture, everyone who liked that switched there interest into the F/B-23, which I to think would make a
great bomber, and if its stealthier and has a greater range then the F/B-22 then its deffiniatly a contender.
Whats up with the cone air inlet??? Is this thing going to be a turbo/ramjet?
Then it would deffiniatly get my vote, I would love it if the USAF got a Mach 3+ bomber, and it could serve a usefull role of time important targets,
and could be usefull in not only bombing terrorist locations, but also in any possible future war with Iran. It would be a great first strike
[edit on 11-10-2005 by Murcielago]