Crew chiefs maintain F-35A Lightning II fighter jets
during Red Flag 19-1 at Nellis AFB, Nev., Feb. 4, 2019. Air Force
photo by R. Nial Bradshaw.
The service is seeking an additional $2 billion for its Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared program, which went underfunded in the fiscal 2019 budget request, over the next five years. As the service has updated its cost estimate—saying in September next-gen OPIR would cost about $11 billion in R&D from 2018 to 2024—the Air Force now anticipates the program will need $13.1 billion over the same time period.
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One More Thing ...
Meet the First 'Stealth' Fighter (Created by Nazi Germany)Northrop Grumman revealed this year it is developing a second flying wing stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider, to succeed its B-2 Spirit. However, it was a pair of German brothers in the service of Nazi Germany that developed the first jet-powered flying wing—which has been dubbed, debatably, “Hitler’s stealth fighter.”
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