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Meeting milestones is great but the "On Schedule" comment makes me think the story is B.S. or the aircraft exist in a computer only..
He also said that the program has met all of it's development milestones and is on schedule.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: 727Sky
This program isn't being run as a standard military program though. It's being run under the Rapid Capabilities Office, and has been completely different than any other program of its size.
AFGSC Chief Says It’s Too Early to Decide Bomber Force Size
The head of Air Force Global Strike Command believes the bomber force needs to grow, but he thinks it’s too early in the development cycle of the B-21 Raider to decide by how much because the jet’s final cost is not yet known.
Gen. Timothy Ray, speaking with reporters in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, said AFGSC’s “Bomber Vector” was developed before the new National Defense Strategy was written, and he’s not ready yet to say the roadmap should be implemented.
“My job … is to keep as many options on the table as long as I possibly can,” Ray said. It won’t be known until about 2024 what the production cost of the new B-21 bomber will be, he said, because that’s the transition point between development, construction of the initial test aircraft, and the production version. Deciding on a final production number before that point would be “gambling,” Ray said, because it’s impossible to know what the world situation or the “fiscal realities will look like” before then.
Ray acknowledged that facilitizing for a rapid production of the new bomber would probably cost less than buying more slowly.
“[If] you think … about rate per year to get to your fleet size earlier and the savings that gives you, to build out the fleet faster is cheaper,” he admitted. “But like anything, you pay more up-front” to get high-capacity production. Though the Air Force has never said how quickly it plans to build B-21s, a number of officials have suggested it will be slow. The Bomber Vector said the B-2 and B-1 would start phasing out circa 2031, because the bulk of the B-21 fleet would be delivered by then. A fleet of 100 bombers delivered over seven years translates to production of fewer than 14 per year, since at least some early test versions are expected to be converted for operational use.
He also suggested the Air Force has “learned from” the B-2 and F-22 programs, where it paid industry to gear up for mass production and ended up buying far fewer than expected, raising unit costs.
originally posted by: pigsy2400
a reply to: Barnalby
I wonder if the raider has been to that lovely base in Scotland already? that would be a nice stretch of the legs...