The U.S. Air Force (USAF) is preparing to retire its B-1B Lancer and B-2 Spirit fleets in order to free funds for the service’s new long-range stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider, the service said in a February 12 statement.
The USAF’s Fiscal Year 2019 President’s Budget Request details plans to modify and, once sufficient B-21 Raiders are operational, retire the service’s B-1Bs and B-2s as well as update its B-52 Stratofortress fleet.
“As part of our decisions presented in the FY19 President’s Budget, the Air Force will update the B-52 bomber fleet and fund development of replacement engines,” said Secretary of the Air Force Heather A. Wilson. “We will also continue necessary B-1 and B-2 modifications to keep them relevant until the B-21s come on line.”
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