The Air Force recently made sure Congress knows that 100 is the minimum number of B-21 Raider bombers they feel is required. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, General Stephen Wilson presented written testimony to the House Armed Services Committee last week clarifying the number at 100.
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Through a spokesman, the Air Force confirmed the number, saying the change happened “in Spring 2016” at the request of Air Force Global Strike Command. At that time, USAF established 100 “as the floor—not the ceiling” for the B-21 fleet size, he said. AFGSC “requires a minimum of 100 B-21 Raider aircraft, with a mix of legacy bombers, to meet future COCOM [combatant commander] requirements,” the spokesman said.