US Air Force b-21 bombers first flight delay

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 US Air Force b-21 bombers first flight delay


Imagination model of b-21 bomber

Major general mark, commander of the Eighth Air Force, said on August 31 that the air force can achieve the initial operational capability of the b-21 ahead of schedule, but it depends on whether the delivery can be accelerated. Former U.S. Air Force Deputy Secretary Matthew Donovan said in January 2018 that the initial operational capability of the b-21 is expected to be achieved by mid-2020.

The eighth air force is responsible for the bomber force and airborne nuclear weapons. At present, there are 157 bombers, including 61 B-1B, 76 b-52h and 20 B-2 stealth bombers.

The U.S. air force is planning a major overhaul of its bomber force. It will modernize its b-52h fleet with new engines, radars, and communications systems. It plans to begin decommissioning B-1B bombers now and B-2 bombers after the delivery of the b-21. The U.S. Air Force proposes to decommission 17 B-1B aircraft in the 2021 budget, reducing the number of bombers from 157 to 140. (end)

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