Air Force may have to adopt a “no bomber” strategy as B-1’s age out
As the B-1B fleet nears retirement and the B-21 Raider seems further and further away from becoming a frontline reality, the Air Force may have to come up with a new bomber strategy for standoff operations.
With B-1 fleets currently running ragged with little to no spare parts, it’s a matter of time before the “Bones” can no longer take to the skies.
This, of course, is a real problem because its replacement, the B-21, is still grounded to the blueprint and build stage.
With a total of 157 bombers of all types making up the U.S. Strategic Air fleet, the Air Force has to be concerned that it won’t have enough bombers in the skies if “the big one” ever kicks off.
According to Military.com, premature retirement of the B-1 may be in the works if a cost-effective interim solution cannot be found.
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