On February 26, during the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando (Florida) the U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James revealed the first rendering of the future long-range bomber, named B-21.

USAF B-21 Bomber

There being no existing prototypes of the aircraft, the rendering is based on the concept of original design for what will be the first bomber of the 21st century.

The news comes just weeks after the delivery by the Secretary and the Air Force Chief of Staff Mark A. Welsh III of the budget plan for the year 2017 to the Senate Appropriations Committee underline that modernization is a top priority for the US Air Force.

"The defense systems of the past 50 years will not be adequate for the next 50 years," said Welsh during a recent speech. "There are many other systems that we need to be upgraded or replaced to ensure the defense against current and emerging threats ... the only way is to leave the old systems and build new ones." James said the B-21 Aviation will operate in future environments to high-end threats and allow flexibility and ability to operate air attacks on all the world.

The similarity of the new bomber to the current B-2 is due to the intention to preserve today's technologies integrating them with other, more evolved. The program has just entered the stage of Engineering and Development and aviation providing for its use from the middle of 2020.

Source and Pics: U.S. Air Force
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