2037 Bomber

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2037 Bomber
Role Heavy bomber
Introduction 2037 (projected)
Status Planned
Primary user United States Air Force

The 2037 Bomber was the unofficial name given to a heavy strategic bomber planned by the United States Air Force, as a replacement for the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit. It was projected to enter service in 2037 as a stealth, supersonic, long-range bomber aircraft with possible capability for unmanned operation.


With the ending of B-2 Spirit production in the year 2000, the U.S. Air Force was left with a gap in its bomber development. A new bomber would be needed in the 2037 time frame to replace retiring B-52s and B-1 Lancers according to the Air Force's Bomber Roadmap, released in 1999.[1][2] This was considered too long to wait, so the Air Force commenced the Next-Generation Bomber program (later the Long Range Strike Bomber).[3][4]

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  1. ^ Tirpak, John A. "The Bomber Roadmap". Air Force Magazine, June 1999. Retrieved December 30, 2015 (PDF version)
  2. ^ Grant, Rebecca. "Return of the Bomber, The Future of Long-Range Strike", p. 11, 17, 29. Air Force Association, February 2007.
  3. ^ Hebert, Adam J. "Long-Range Strike in a Hurry", Air Force Magazine, November 2004, Retrieved December 30, 2015, (PDF version)
  4. ^ Murch, Anthony, "RL34406, The Next Generation Bomber: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress", p. 17–20, Congressional Research Service, 7 March 2008, Archived at: Archived June 11, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.

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