ArmChairCivvy wrote:Why not have a B-2 like highly stealthy plane, with an intercontinental range/ endurance as a hub and then robo-fighters (rather than 'wingmen') doing circuits around it, at a distance?
I would be willing to bet that will happen in a couple of decades, and I feel its a bit too much of a jump to happen on this next round. Perhaps we'll see the Americans experimenting with their B21.
cky7 wrote:Is the worry about something too long legged that it’s gonna make it too costly to buy/run?
The other option is low observable and more survivable tanker, which will skyrocket costs. If the RAF want to operate inside a modern air defence network they need higher endurance aircraft. (side note, so do the Navy!)