Air Force spokesman Ed Gulick said the Pentagon wants the initial aircraft in the mid-2020s.
The Pentagon will order 100, he
said, implying a price tag of $550 million per bomber.
The first version of the bomber will be piloted, Gulick
said, "but it will be provisioned to enable future unmanned capability."
The Pentagon's precise requirements are classified, he
As a result of such fiascos, Gulick said there's been a shift in Air Force procurement thinking that now emphasizes cost as a driving factor, as well as the need to keep technological requirements in check.
"We need to minimize new development and allow integration of mature technologies and proven existing systems," he
"The first aircraft will be designed for manned flight only when it comes out," said Gulick
"As time progresses, we'll complete everything to make it unmanned."
"It's better to get something fielded and upgrade it later, rather than hold everything up," Gulick