While this bomber squadron operates with pilots on board the cockpit, plans are in consideration to reconfigure some of the units to act as drones. That means a future sortie will come that involves nuclear payloads and the attack will be launched and completed remotely.
The pilots sits safe and sound in a commend centre while delivering death and conflagration from the sky.
The Pentagon, however, has one valid reservation in actually permitting a drone nuclear bomber in action – that there is a chance it would be captured by the enemy, which translates into a definitive military disaster for the U.S. in the form of ‘giving away’ prized war materiel and technology.
This has happened before, Popular Science noted, when Iran seized the U.S. RQ-170 surveillance drone in 2011 using “a combination of jamming its communications and feeding it false coordinates.”