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January 17, 2006: The U.S. Department of Defense has decided to make the next generation heavy bomber an unmanned aircraft. The Department of Defense also wants the new aircraft in service by the end of the next decade, some twenty years ahead of schedule.
Source: Warplanes: Pilots Surrender to UAVs
But the Pentagon finally got hip to the fact that the J-UCAS developers were coming up with an aircraft that could replace all current fighter-bombers.
Originally posted by justin_barton3Does this mean that the f-35 and f-22 are the last manned aircraft to be built for the us airforce to serve in a fighting (not transport) capacity?
Originally posted by justin_barton3
has the X45 had bits of the X47 intergrated into it to make it better or is it still a pure blood descendand tof the X45A?
Originally posted by justin_barton3has anyone got any more infomation on the new bomber such as whether or not it still has to be able to land on a carrier...
Originally posted by justin_barton3...or whether it has to loiter before launching a super high speed pinpoint attack or whether it is a hypersonic global strike vehicle.