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Air Force Formally Announces B-21 Bases .....
The Air Force officially announced on Wednesday that the current homes of USAF’s B-1 and B-2 bombers will receive the B-21 Raider when the aircraft comes online in the mid-2020s.
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson previously assured Congress the current bases will receive the new bomber, and the service’s recent “Bomber Vector” outlined that the Air Force would swap out B-1s and B-2s as Raiders become available.
The Air Force, in the announcement, states it selected Dyess AFB, Texas; Ellsworth AFB, S.D.; and Whiteman AFB, Mo., as the reasonable alternatives for B-21s.
“Our current bomber bases are best suited for the B-21,” Wilson said in a release.
“We expect the first B-21 Raider aircraft to be delivered in the mid-2020s.”
Barksdale AFB, La., and Minot AFB, N.D., will continue to fly the B-52, which will remain in service through 2050.
The final decision on B-21 basing will be made in 2019 following an environmental impact study.
Wilson told the Senate Armed Services Committee on April 24 the Air Force expects a minimum of 100 B-21s and assured lawmakers that “if you have a bomber base now, you’ll have a bomber base in the future.”
- Brian Everstine (AFA Daily Report)



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B-21 ... trapela qualche nuova informazione ...

The secret B-21 bomber will progress to a major milestone - critical design review - by the end of this year, Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office director Randall Walden said Monday.
Walden also revealed that the B-21 is merely one of 28 programs being managed by the RCO, which he noted is funded at about $30 billion over the five-year future year defense plan.
Walden, speaking at an AFA Mitchell Institute event in Arlington, Va., said the B-21 has already passed its preliminary design review, and noted that the release of drawings for the bomber is progressing well.
As for critical design review, "we haven't done it, but we're on our way," and he predicted it would happen by the end of December.
Major design work on the bomber is taking place at Northrop Grumman's Melbourne, Fla., facility.
He acknowledged that subscale models of the aircraft have been tested in wind tunnels, but said no full-size version has yet been fabricated.
"Component testing" is moving along at an "appropriate" speed, he said.
"We're looking forward to ... an 'on-time' start of production," Walden said.
Anche qui ... ... The new B-21 Raider could hit a big milestone this year ...

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ASC18 ... il generale Deptula vuole tanti bombardieri ... in particolare almeno 180 B-21 ... :woot:


The Air Force’s new suggested base force includes 14 bomber squadrons of 12 aircraft per squadron - five more squadrons than it has now - to deal with great power competition. 
But is that enough? 
Retired Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute, said the Air Force should postpone its plans to retire the B-1 and B-2 fleets in about 15 years, and should add to them a fleet of “at least 180” new B-21 stealth bombers, while retaining the B-52.

Fonte: ... More Bombers, But How Many More ? ...

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