The Air Force’s current bomber fleet consists of the three planes shown here. All three have a greater range and payload than is planned for the 2018 bomber, but the new bomber is expected to be stealthier and more combat-capable.
The supersonic B-1B was designed as a low-altitude, high-speed bomber. Its speed makes it less vulnerable to attack than the comparatively clunky B-52, but it’s not as stealthy as the B-2. The B-1B flies faster than the 2018 bomber and carries only non-nuclear weapons.
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