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Originally posted by SplitInfinity
reply to post by Zaphod58
There are several reasons that the USAF has not set plans for a large number of F/A-22 and F-35 purchases. The USAF has and will be soon flying Robotic Stealth Fighters. These Highly Secret and New Fighters have performance that goes way beyond any Manned Aircraft as well as it is in line with the U.S. Military's Directive to create a 40% Robotic Air Force by 2020.
Thus they are not making anymore F/A-22's and the F-35 will not be made in large numbers either.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by boomer135
Upon further reading, they can receive Link 16, they just can't broadcast on it. So they can hear the tanker nicely, they just couldn't share anything with it, even if they wanted to.
Originally posted by defcon5
The days coming where the only manned military aircraft will be those involved in airlift and rescue operations. Even the fuelers will be unmanned (sorry boomer ) .
When it arrives near the end of the decade it will be even larger—with a whopping 172-foot (52.4-meter) wingspan. That will make it as big as the B-2 bomber. Theoretically, the X-47C will be able to carry 10,000 pounds (4,500 kilograms) of armament.
Originally posted by boomer135
Actually, and I'm not sure how it works now, but in 2006 when i got out, the only thing link-16 was doing on a tanker was relaying crap. We couldn't talk or receive anything with it except for a new program that hooked up to a laptop and gave us a moving motion map of the area and flight plan. And of course with the map, we could see where all the aircraft in the area were, like an entire map of Afghanistan right in front of you with all airborne assets on it. But other than that, it was just another five minutes added to the boom's preflight just to hook it up and test it.