A MQ-9 is all you are going to get for $20M in the 2020s.
What we have does wear out, you cannot make a plane last forever. You have to build new aircraft.
Give me a break on this issue - good-grief "billions of lithium-chemistry batteries by air every year" and there has only been ( 2 ) cases where there MAY be a link to these batteries in 10 years...
China is deploying the J-20 a stealth fighter designed to detect and shoot down other stealth jets. This development seems a little silly, but maybe DOD knows more or just doesn't care....
Sounds like an airframe prototype first flight could be already 2 or 3 years away if not sooner considering the amount already spent to date.
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