USAF wants its B-1 and B-52 replacement bomber, now known as the Long Range Strike-Bomber (LRS-B), to have supersonic dash capability, all-aspect stealth, electronic intelligence gathering and attack capability – including cyber warfare. It wants the manned platform to be a networked part of the sensor grid, and is evaluating various non-kinetic attack options, including microwave emitters and lasers. It will be designed with an ordnance payload of 40,000 pounds.
And it wants the whole shebang, at between 80-200 aircraft, at $550 million a pop, from a defense industry that is withering on the vine.
Good luck with that.