U.S. to unveil new stealth bomber in December
The U.S. Air Force chief of staff warned that the U.S. military must “change” if it is to stay ahead of the Chinese and Russians.
“Our adversaries continue to develop their capabilities while we sometimes use the same capabilities we’ve had for the last 30 years,” General Charles C. Brown Jr. said in an exclusive interview with the Voice of America.
“The threats we had before are not the same threats we’re going to see in the future, and so we have to change,” Brown said.
One change in the U.S. Air Force will be in the spotlight very soon when the U.S. unveils its new B-21 stealth bomber on Dec. 2. The aircraft is to replace the B-1 and B-2 bombers, which have been in service since the 1980s.
For reasons of secrecy, Brown did not provide quantitative details that would give a clearer picture of what planes the Air Force would have in the event of a crisis.
“I will say one thing: I’m doing the modernization precisely because we have aircraft that are somewhat more difficult to maintain because of dwindling parts inventories,” Brown said. – “That’s what modernization is all about – we’re increasing the availability of existing aircraft so that we have a combat-ready force.