Tag Archives: B-21

Air Force Begins Maintenance, Testing of B-21 Raider Aircraft

The U.S. Air Force has chosen two USAF bases to provide support services for the B-21 Raider long-range strike bomber ahead of its delivery in the mid-2020s, the service branch said Friday. Tinker AFB in Oklahoma will perform maintenance and sustainment work at the Air Logistics Complex within the base's Air Force Sustainment Center. Meanwhile, Edwards AFB will host the Combined Test Force’s testing and evaluation operations at the California base's Air Force Test Center.

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Trump OKs $717B Defense Spending Bill for Fiscal 2019

President Donald Trump has signed into law a spending bill that allocates $616.9 billion for the Defense Department‘s base budget, $21.9 billion for Energy Department nuclear weapons initiatives and $69 billion for overseas contingency operations, CNBC reported Monday. The fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act will fully fund the U.S. Air Force’s B-21 bomber …

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USAF Identifies Three Potential B-21 Bomber Aircraft Bases

The U.S. Air Force has identified three military bases as “reasonable alternative” hosts for the future long-range strike bomber aircraft. B-21 Raider bombers under development by Northrop Grumman will replace current B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit units stationed at Dyess AFB in Texas, Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota and Whiteman AFB in Missouri, …

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Air Force Unveils Plans to Maintain Bomber Fleet

The U.S. Air Force has detailed its plans to update its existing bomber fleet and acquire new aircraft in the fiscal year 2019 budget request. The military branch said Monday it aims to modernize the B-52 Stratofortress fleet; continue installing upgrades on the B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit aircraft; and acquire the future …

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Trump Proposes $686B for FY 2019 DoD Budget

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 would allocate $686 billion in funds for the Defense Department in support of the implementation of the National Defense Strategy and the White House’s National Security Strategy. DoD said Monday the budget request includes investments in combat aircraft, shipbuilding, ground systems, …

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CBO: US Nuclear Weapon Programs to Cost $1.2T Through 2046

A new Congressional Budget Office report says the U.S. government will need to spend approximately $1.2 trillion in 2017 dollars to operate, sustain and modernize the country’s nuclear weapons from fiscal years 2017 through 2046. CBO said Tuesday it estimates $772 billion in costs for the operations, sustainment and upgrades of missiles, submarines, long-range …

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Air Force Would Defer A-10, U-2 Retirement Plans Under Trump Budget

A fiscal 2018 spending plan released by the Trump administration does not provide  retirement dates for the U.S. Air Force‘s A-10 Warthog and U-2 reconnaissance aircraft fleets, Defense News reported Tuesday. Defense News obtained budget documents that say the Air Force plans to allocate money for its fleet of 283 A-10s; extend the service of U-2 …

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