posted on Sep, 17 2011 @ 04:27 AM
_Del_ I could not agree more, in fact I think you have been overly diplomatic in your appraisal.
This shows why the USAF/DoD/US Govt have gone troppo (native) and are now seemingly divorced from reality. The guy(s) who thought up this lunacy
should be fired on the spot with the file marked "never to be re-employed". What kind of irresponsible idiot dreams up such a plan when A) The past
and present history of stealth programs has seen nothing but trouble, massive cost blow outs, and greatly extended development times, not to mention
underperformance compared to original requirements and unrealistic operating cost claims. B) A fiscal situation that is bordering on calamity as well
as a money sucking pair of increasingly protracted and pointless conflicts. Dont even get me started on the fact that LM could potentially be
In fact I cant even see the point of this idea on several levels. Exactly what are they going to do with it, provide stealth delivered rations to
forward operating bases? As you pointed out, "it's about the cost per tonne stupid!" They would be far better off with a follow on batch of 100-150
of Boeing's STOL version of the C-17. And/or some of the emerging designs for large payload airship concepts at a fraction of the cost.
Is the idea somehow you could have mass airdrops using these to establish a beachhead? Yeah of course that would work, there is no way the enemy
wouldn't notice a heap of stealthy transports turning up disgorging troops and equipment in their backyard.
If it's for SOF then you DONT need a lot of large airframes. They will spend 99% of there lives not needing there stealth attributes. It would be far
better to have a rolling development small scale cheap rapid prototype effort, with say no more than a dozen or two airframes built with as many cheap
off the shelf systems as possible. Turn it into a major program and it WILL become a cash monster.
And as we all know, stealth is all about staying ahead of the development curve. How will they ensure that it is multi radar band effective, now and
into the future? Exactly what will they do development wise to minimize it's detection via EO or thermal detection or even acoustic for that matter?
Many EO systems are now approaching radar in there range, discrimination, and accuracy. And they are more difficult to spoof with false returns.
In short this is a dumb pointless exercise whose idea should buried never to see the light of day again. It's not cool it's dangerously
irresponsible. Because if it were to get any legs via congress or senior brass, then you can be sure the US itself will not survive with leadership