B-52, B-2 and B-21 Bombers Are Getting Nuclear-Tipped Cruise Missiles
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin and Raytheon a pair of contracts worth about $900 million each to develop the stealthy Long Range Standoff — or LRSO — nuclear-tipped cruise missile. Each contact will run for 54-month period of performance during which the two companies will perform... Read more
The U.S. Air Force Won’t Reveal How Much Its Next Bomber Really Costs
The recently announced Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B or B-21) is moving forward with one hidden feature that doesn’t make a lot of sense — its actual price tag. Despite requests by Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Air Force has decided against releasing the final contract... Read more
Too Much Secrecy Could Kill the U.S. Air Force’s Next Bomber
The U.S. Air Force faces three major modernization programs — replacing fighter and attack airplanes with the F-35, phasing out the KC-135 tanker for the KC-46A, and developing a stealth bomber replacement for the B-52 and B-1 with the B-21. Unfortunately, Congress has not appropriated enough funds to purchase... Read more
The U.S. Air Force’s B-21 Stealth Bomber Is About to Get Really Political
At a recent House Armed Services Committee hearing, Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, a deputy in the U.S. Air Force’s acquisitions office, fielded a question from Guam representative Madeleine Bordallo about the decision to use a riskier cost-plus contract rather than a fixed-price contract for the development phase of what... Read more
The U.S. Air Force’s New Stealth Bomber Looks Awfully Familiar
The U.S. Air Force’s new stealth bomber looks a lot like its old stealth bomber. That’s no accident. The B-21 — the outline and designation of which Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James revealed in February — is being designed by Northrop Grumman, manufacturer of the B-21... Read more
America’s First B-21 Bomber Was a Bust
The U.S. Air Force has been especially tight-lipped about the specifics of its upcoming Long Range Strike Bomber. The Northrop Grumman-designed plane doesn’t even have an official nickname, yet. But we do know one thing — its designation. The B-21. “The designation B-21 recognizes the LRS-B as the first... Read more
The B-21 Stealth Bomber Design Should Have Been No Surprise
On Feb. 26, the U.S. Air Force revealed the basic design concept — and designation — for its new heavy bomber. The B-21, which Northrop Grumman is developing under a potentially $80-billion contract, looks a lot like the company’s previous bomber, the B-2, albeit with slightly cleaner inlet and... Read more
The U.S. Air Force’s New Stealth Bomber Needs a Nickname
The B-1 Lancer. The B-2 Spirit. The B-52 Stratofortress. It’s important for the official names of America’s bombers to come with a certain panache … and personality. Think of it like a brand name, albeit one for a machine capable of nuking a city. Now for America’s next bomber — officially designated the... Read more
The B-21 Is America’s Next Bomber
We still don’t know much about the U.S. Air Force’s upcoming stealth bomber. But at least now, we know what the flying branch is officially calling it and what it might look like. On Feb. 26, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James showed an artist’s rendering of... Read more
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