Saturday, June 16, 2007

Air Force Wants New Stealth Bomber for 2018

From Government Executive:

A senior Air Force official on Wednesday said the Air Force plans to leverage existing technologies developed for the F-22 Raptor fighter jet to create and field a next-generation, long-range bomber over the next decade.

The service, which hopes to fly the bomber by 2018, likely will use the F-22's stealth and maneuverability capabilities when developing the new aircraft, Lt. Gen. Robert Elder, commander of the 8th Air Force at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., said during a breakfast with reporters. The F-22 features fifth-generation stealth technologies.

The photo is of the X51a hypersonic demonstrator which, according to The Space Review, may be a precursor to the next generation of high-speed bombers.

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