About 30 years have passed since the first flight of the American B-2 stealth bomber. The Pentagon considers this to be sufficient reason to launch a project for its successor - a strategic bomber of a new generation, in which competing aviation giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin will take part. The US Air Force command expects that in about 10 years, new vehicles will begin to enter service.
According to retired Air Force General David Deptula, the new bomber should fully comply with the concept of the war of the future, in which artificial intelligence will become an active participant. The stealth bomber will be a self-forming "battle cloud" that uses information from other combat aircraft to perform various tasks.
It should also become an adequate response to Russia and China, which are actively improving their air defense and means of destruction, in particular, strategic cruise missiles.
The new stealth bomber will have high survivability, great payload potential, powerful precision weapons, and the ability to invisibly penetrate deep into enemy defenses. The estimated cost of the bomber is about $ 550 million.