Northrop Grumman has just won the contract to produce the next-generation stealth bomber, and while technical specifications weren’t announced, we do know that each unit will cost a minimum of $564-million. Other known details include: the aircraft package consists of engines and sub-systems, with Initial Operational Capability set for 2025. Continue reading for a video of the concept in action, and more information.
“The idea is that combat aircraft can use solid-state laser systems defensively, creating a sanitized sphere of safety around the aircraft, shooting down or critically damaging incoming missiles and approaching aircraft with their laser turrets. They can also use such a system offensively, leveraging their stealth capabilities to sneak up on enemy aircraft and striking with speed-of-light accuracy,” reports Jalopnik.