Air Force reveals look of new Long Range Strike Bomber

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The Air Force on Friday unveiled the look of its new Long Range Strike Bomber, as well as its official designation: the B-21.

The bomber, which will be built by Northrop Grumman, does not yet have an official name, Air Force Secretary Deborah James said.

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"We have an image, we have a designation, but here’s what we don’t yet have: We don't yet have a name," James said at the Air Force Association's Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla.

James said the Air Force would collectively name the B-21. 

“I’m calling on every airman today — we want our active duty, our National Guard, our Reserve, our civilians, our family members,” she said. 

“We’d like all of you to give us your best suggestion for a name for the B-21, America’s newest bomber.”  

The Air Force awarded the contract to build the B-21 to Northrup on Oct. 27, to be fielded in the mid-2020s. 

“Our fifth general global precision attack platform will give our country a networked-sensor shooter capability, enabling us to hold targets at risk in a way the world and our adversaries have never, ever seen,” James said.