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Old 02-24-2012, 10:14 PM   #1
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Default New Bomber Program 'Underway' But Cloaked in Secrecy

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Old 02-24-2012, 11:18 PM   #2
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This should go in Military Technology.

I have been following the new bomber program for a while now with great interest. Our current fleet cannot last forever, and the number of B-2s is quite small.
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Not to mention, if I recall correctly, the supersonic B-1 was downgraded to become the slower and less capable B1-B.

We've been a world leader in military technology for so long that we've forgotten what it's like to play second fiddle. I think we may be about to learn. We certainly can't just sit and coast forever.
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Not to mention, if I recall correctly, the supersonic B-1 was downgraded to become the slower and less capable B1-B.
That is not really correct. The B-1 was originally designed to be a fast high-altitude somewhat stealthy aircraft. Advances in RADAR and SAM technology rendered that mission profile unsurvivable for the B-1A. The Air Force changed the mission profile of the bomber to a low-level terrain-hopping penetration bomber, and in the redesign chose more stealth over more speed.
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Thanks, that makes a bit more sense. I still like supersonic capability, though.
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Keep in mind, the B-1B is still capable of Mach 1.25. If we upgrade them to the proposed B-1R profile, they will get new P&W F119 engines and hit about Mach 2.2, albiet with a loss range of about 20%. If we finally get a new tanker, this may not be that big a deal compared to the increased capabilities of the R program. This will include an air-to-air capability.
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Keep in mind, the B-1B is still capable of Mach 1.25.
The aircraft can only go supersonic at high altitude, and burns hideous amounts of fuel to do so. It is a capability that exists, but is never used operationally.
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If we upgrade them to the proposed B-1R profile, they will get new P&W F119 engines and hit about Mach 2.2, albiet with a loss range of about 20%. If we finally get a new tanker, this may not be that big a deal compared to the increased capabilities of the R program. This will include an air-to-air capability.
The B-1R absolutely will not happen with the present administration. It might happen if we get a different person in the Oval Office in January, 2013.
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Aurora?
That is a supposed high altitude transonic recon aircraft program from a couple decades ago. No word on if it really even exists.
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