The skies may soon be filled with the US Air Force’s newest stealth bomber- but you’re still going to have to wait a few years.
Air Force Vice Chief of Staff General Stephen Wilson claims that the B-21 Raider is on schedule and should be flying by the end of 2021, making it a “useable asset” by the mid-2020s.
Speaking at the Air Force Association Mitchell Institute event in DC, Wilson claimed he has a phone application that counts down the days until the B-21 takes flight.
“Don’t hold me to it, but it’s something like 863 days to first flight,” he said.
Marketed as a long-range bomber that can penetrate undetected through enemy air defenses, the Raider is built by Northrop Grumman and is part of a new wave of military technology designed to keep the US as the top military power.
According to Defence Blog, other plans are in motion to upgrade the B-52 fleet with new engines and radar. To add icing to the cake, the B-1 will be kept in service until the B-21 can step in to replace them.
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