Unveiled during the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida, the first rendering of the Long Range Strike Bomber, named B-21.
Now - he said the Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James - it will be up to our military to find him a nickname.
As has already been made of the prototypes, the rendering is based on the concept of the initial design. The designation B-21 identifies the LRS-B as the first bomber of the 21st century. "The B-21 was designed from the beginning on the basis of a series of requirements that allow the use of pre-existing technology. That is why the B-21 is very similar to the B-2".
The Air Force plans to achieve Initial Operational Capacity by mid-2020.
The B-21 is developed by Northrop Grumman, the winner on advanced flying wing given by the Boeing / Lockheed Martin team. The first Air Force contract provides for the purchase of five lots for a total of 21 aircraft.
Each bomber will cost $ 550 million for a fleet of 100 new generation aircraft and a total expenditure of $ 55 billion.