Brand new B-21 bomber will only fly with the immortal B-52

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The Pentagon is getting ready to roll out its brand new stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider, which is earmarked to replace the aging B-1 supersonic swing-wing bomber and the B-2 stealth bomber.

Remarkably, this would mean the cutting-edge B-21 would team up with the ancient B-52 bomber as the only two bombers left in the U.S. arsenal.

1. Show B-2 flying in blue sky, then joined by outwardly similar B-21, pan around to show differences
2. Rotate B-2 and B-21 to show external differences: tails, intakes, engine bulges, windows
3. B-1 bomber sweeps wings back, exits left, B-21 appears from right, then joined by B-52
4. New B-21 exits left, old B-52 remains in screen, camera pan -- B-21 from side, opens bomb doors
5. Big nuke drops from B-21's bay, change to view from above B-21, bomb falling, flash, nuclear explosion, mushroom cloud
6. B-21 flies out of screen as mushroom cloud grows, cockpit view of B-21, no pilots, remote control, joysticks turn left, bomber drops left as horizon stays horizontal

VOICEOVER (in English):
"On 6 July the U.S. Air Force released what is only the third official rendering of its future B-21 Raider stealth bomber, which is expected to fly by May next year."

"This new image shows a previously unseen and extremely curious cockpit windscreen configuration."

"The B-21 is intended to replace the aging B-2 bomber, with which it shares its overall design concept."

"It will also replace the older B-1 supersonic swing-wing bomber. The idea is that the new B-21 will form a two-plane bomber force with the much older B-52 bomber, which first flew in 1952, making the B-52 one of the most enduring airplane designs, ever."

"The new B-21 will be nuclear capable and designed to accommodate manned or unmanned operations."

"The Air Force says a minimum of one hundred B-21s will be built at an average unit procurement cost of $550 million in 2010 dollars, or $673 million in today's dollars."

"The bomber is being designed with an open-systems architecture to reduce integration risk and enable competition for future modernization efforts to adapt to changing threats."

SOURCES: The Drive,,