Air Force orders new $546 billion 7th-generation bomber to consume remainder of DoD budget
THE PENTAGON — The Air Force quietly announced on Sunday that it had placed an order with Lockheed for a new $546 billion-dollar, 7th-generation bomber aircraft, tentatively called the Lightning Hammer Thunderbolt III.
“It’s not that we don’t appreciate the fiscal constraints placed upon the military during this time of tightening budgets, it’s just that we don’t care," said Col. Mark Turner, a spokesman for the Air Force.
Turner went on to explain that the new aircraft has been promised to be completely invisible to radar and all other forms of current and future detection equipment, will be capable of circling the Earth three times without having to refuel, and will also be able to perform close-air support missions, finally killing the A-10 program — all without the use of a human pilot.
Sources say all of these high-tech features will be available in the aircraft once it's fully developed, produced, and put into the field using the Pentagon's sophisticated procurement process, which …
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