The Air Force revealed past week that nan debut formation of nan B-21 Raider stealth bomber is delayed respective months.
Speaking astatine nan McAleese & Associates convention in Washington, Air Force caput Frank Kendall said nan B-21’s first formation "slipped from nan original schedule" but is still wrong nan baseline schedule and cost.
The caller B-21 Raider bomber (U.S. Air Force)
"There’s a baseline schedule, which is connected nan books," Kendall told reporters. "[B]ut there’s been nary breach of that. But pinch nan soul schedule, there’s been a gaffe of a fewer months."
B-21 shaper Northrop Grumman told Defense News nan programme "continues to attraction connected strategy maturity, accumulation readiness and sustainment preparedness to champion position nan B-21 for first formation an effective formation trial campaign, starring to first operating capability."
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The B-21 Raider was first unveiled to nan nationalist successful Palmdale, California successful early December. It is nan first caller American bomber craft successful much than 3 decades, and almost each facet of nan programme is classified.
At nan time, Northrop Grumman said nan rollout of nan newest atomic stealth bomber marks nan first clip nan world’s first sixth-generation craft would beryllium seen by nan public.
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Per The Air Force Times, Kristyn Jones, nan department’s interim undersecretary, revealed successful a budged briefing past week that nan work has six B-21’s successful different stages of accumulation astatine Air Force Plant 42.
Fox News’ Julia Musto contributed to this report.
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