U.S. Air Force said the new long-range bomber profile: optional unmanned
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United States, “Air Force Times’ website reported February 12, the original title: The new long-range bombers can perform the task
according to active and former Air Force officials and industry analysts said the Air Force will develop a can fly more than 5000 sea miles without refueling and can be executed in the state of enemy air defense intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance bombers.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced on January 6 of the plan, but the Air Force refused to develop later in the month before the 2012 fiscal year budget to disclose details of the aircraft and intended to buy.
But Air Force leaders briefly talked about the new bomber.
Minister 迈克尔唐利 Air Force aircraft are given the most about the official version. January 12, he told reporters that the bomber will be optional unmanned, nuclear-capable long-range aircraft, belonging to a “system family” part, it will perform ground surveillance, and electronic combat mission.
According to the Lexington Institute military analyst Loren Thompson said Donley, when talking about the bomber’s vague could mean the Air Force has not determined what kind of bomber. Thompson said: “Every time they talk about a system or family of unmanned systems, or it may have nuclear capability, in my opinion are not like themselves to think clearly and I suspect it will look is a final fairly conventional long-range bombers. “
Air Combat Command commander William Fraser on January 20 in an e-mail to the newspaper, said:” This new long-range bombers will attack the joint commander to provide great operational flexibility. “
retired lieutenant Deputula said optional requirements of the Air Force was driving long distance to perform the task.
He said: “Absolutely no reason, logic or policy to support remote control flying unmanned aircraft carrying nuclear weapons at the same time, in some cases, continue to fight with great value, this time people become a limiting factor, so the optional design a manned aircraft can do both. “
Deputula also reminded not to let the Air Force bombers on the role of preconceived ideas limit the next generation of aircraft performance.
He said: “As technology advances, it allows us to be on the same platform, much more activity than in the past, adding a lot more performance.”
Donley said the new aircraft will be based primarily on mature technologies for the construction, in order to accelerate the deployment and maintain a lower cost.
Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia predicted the total cost of the new bomber program at 40 billion to 50 billion U.S. dollars; Thompson have generally agreed that he expected development costs for the year $ 2 billion in annual production cost of 2 billion to 3 billion U.S. dollars project will last 25 years.
Thompson said: “But I certainly do not know their production goals, I do not know how much they will eventually have to buy the aircraft.”