The U.S. Air Force has announced that it won’t retire any more B-1 Lancer bombers until more of the new B-21 Raider join the fleet.
Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs LTG David S. Nahom spoke before the House Armed Services Committee on June 8 about the plan to retain the older B-1s.
Darlene Costello, the Air Force acting acquisition executive reported that while the first two B-21 Raider bombers are complete and ready for testing the program isn’t ready to accelerate yet.
The Air Force wants to acquire at least 145 B-21 Raiders from Northrop Grumman, estimated to cost in excess of $90 billion. So far, the program is on schedule and, even more importantly, on budget after the vast cost overruns of the F-35 fighter program.