Thank you Roll Call for reminding us about the bizarre level of non-disclosure regarding the B-21 bomber.
Could it just be the usual shenanigans, or is there some other reason?
Nut graph from the Roll Call article: The Air Force has declined to disclose the total acquisition cost for the B-21 bomber or the total amount of Northrop Grumman’s contract to develop and start building the first 21 planes — figures the Air Force and other services routinely reveal, even for highly secretive programs.
Speculation: Perhaps the new bomber will integrate advanced propulsion technologies that cost less to manufacture than conventional technologies? In other words, it’s something truly different.
I found it very interesting that one source has told the media that the new bomber will use “very mature” technologies, which, nevertheless, may not be known to the public. What? Very mature, yet unknown to the public? What exactly are you saying?