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B-21 Bomber Image Displayed In Air Warfare Symposium

Update Date: Mar 01, 2016 02:07 PM EST
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An image of the B-21 bomber, geared to supplant the B-52 bombers after Northrop Grumman finishes work on it has been revealed by the U.S. Air Force.

This image has been displayed as an artist's creation, as the next-gen bomber has not been erected.

"Black, zigzagged, and with a low profile". These are the hallmarks of the bomber, which would be difficult to spot on radar. It also looks like the Air Force's B-2 bomber, built by Northrop Grumman, says AFP.

"The B-21 has been designed from the beginning based on a set of requirements that allows the use of existing and mature technology," said Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James at the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla., Friday, according to CNN.

The plane is expected to be functional by mid-2020. At present, the program is only in the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase.

So far, it was called the Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B). Now, the B-21 bomber will be named, and James put out an announcement inviting name suggestions from airmen.

"This aircraft represents the future for our Airmen, and their voice is important to this process. The Airman who submits the selected name will help me announce it at the [Air Force Association] conference this fall," said James.

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