2037 Bomber

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2037 Bomber
Role Heavy bomber
Introduction 2037 (projected)
Status Planned
Primary user United States Air Force

The 2037 Bomber is the unofficial name given to a heavy strategic bomber planned by the United States Air Force. It has been projected to enter service in 2037 as a stealth, supersonic, long-range bomber aircraft with possible capability for unmanned operation.

Development[edit]

With the ending of B-2 Spirit production in the early 1990s, the U.S. Air Force was left with a gap in its bomber development. A new bomber would be needed in the 2037 time frame to replace retiring B-52s and B-1 Lancers according to the Air Force's Bomber Roadmap, released in 1999.[1][2] This was considered too long to wait, as the Air Force needed an interim "2018 bomber" before the 2030s.[3][4]

To avoid enemy defenses, the 2037 Bomber is expected to fly at extremely high altitude (possibly up to 250,000 ft) and very high supersonic speed (up to Mach 6). It may have the ability to operate unmanned.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Tirpak, John A. "The Bomber Roadmap". Air Force Magazine, June 1999.
  2. ^ Grant, Rebecca. "Return of the Bomber, The Future of Long-Range Strike", p. 11, 17, 29. Air Force Association, February 2007.
  3. ^ Hebert, Adam J. "Long-Range Strike in a Hurry". Air Force Magazine, November 2004.
  4. ^ Murch, Anthony. "RL34406, The Next Generation Bomber: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress", p. 17–20. Congressional Research Service, 7 March 2008.
  5. ^ Slade, Stuart (2012). United States Strategic Bombers 1945 - 2012. Newtown, Connecticut: Defense Lion Publications. p. 312. ISBN 978-0-578-10525-3. Retrieved 2 November 2014 – via Google Books. 

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