Ray Touts “Clean-Sheet” Arsenal Plane, Hypersonics, B-1 Recovery, End of Bomber CAS

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A USAF B-1B Lancer assigned to 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron receives in-flight fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve over Iraq on October 16, 2018 (Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Keith James).
A USAF B-1B Lancer assigned to 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron receives in-flight fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve over Iraq on October 16, 2018 (Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Keith James).

May 29, 2020 | Originally published by Air Force on April 9, 2020

Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) Chief Gen. Timothy Ray believes the arsenal plane concept likely means a new, “clean sheet” design rather than an existing bomber, he told reporters April 9. Ray also said the B-1 bomber is making huge strides in readiness recovery, discussed the preferred hypersonic missile for the bomber fleet, and suggested that AFGSC is getting out of the close air support business.

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