The US Air Force will assess how many strategic bomber Northrop Grumman B-21 will they need after the first series machines enter into service by the middle of next decade. This was announced by Lieutenant General Jack Weinstein, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters U. S. Air Force.
According to General Weinstein, discussions about the total needed B-21 continue and the matter will be clarified once first machines are operating. Until now it had been mentioned the number 100, for the desired number of aircraft to replace the currently used B-1B and B-52H.
Weinstein explains that there is currently no need to make a decision for the total number of B-21, so time is being spent on careful consideration of the matter. Many experts believe that the United States Air Force will need 150-175 new strategic bombers.
The United States Congress criticized the decision of the Air Force to keep the price of the B-21 a secret. Besides the new strategic bomber, the Air Force are also working on the purchase of a new cruise missile within the program LRSO. It is estimated that they’ll be needed a minimum of 1,000 new cruise missiles.