The US Air Force has unveiled a rendering of the new Long Range Strike Bomber and revealed its official designation, B-21.
Secretary Deborah Lee James revealed an image of how the B-21 could look, as well as its designation, at the Air Warfare Symposium.
The Secretary shared a concept design of the next-generation bomber, which will be built by Northrop Grumman. She also announced the aircrafts long-awaited designation, calling it the B-21.
It is understood that service members will be given an opportunity to help name the bomber in the near future.
Secretary Deborah Lee James said:
“So we have an image, we have a designation, but what we don’t yet have, we don’t yet have a name and this is where I’m challenging and I’m calling on every airman today, to give us your best suggestions for a name for the B-21, America’s newest bomber.”
The USAF first revealed last year that the LRS-B’s development was much further along than had been publicly acknowledged and more than usual before a contract award. Final requirements had been finalised since May 2013.
The USAF plans to purchase 80 to 100 aircraft at a cost of $550 million each. The aircraft will be a long-range strategic bomber, intended to be a large-payload stealth aircraft capable of carrying thermonuclear weapons.