Use a high altitude, long-endurance twin-engine commercial aircraft (B787, A350 e.g.) outfitted with on-board 3D printing for swarm strike, ground mission support and HADR missions. Flight controls, fabrication operations and battle management through a series of narrow AI; crew of 1.
Mission-tailored air-dropped effects that are printed on-demand aboard the aircraft. Current gunship platforms focus on kinetic strike mission; this aircraft type can support Army/joint ground operations with swarm-capable micro-robotic systems, reflecting the full spectrum of missions in 2030-2050 existing within small geographies. As a freighter, can also handle logistics movements, For HADR missions, printed systems tailored to rescue and relief.
More accurate/effective aerial fires; decreased reliance on ground-based resupply and replacement for critical parts; deeper magazine well; domestic and international rescue and relief.
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