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Immediate Release

Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks Statement on Blended-Wing-Body Aircraft Prototype

Attributable to Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks:

Yesterday the Department of Defense awarded a contract to JetZero for the next phase of a blended-wing body aircraft prototype.

The contract is the result of a collaborative effort between the U.S. Air Force and the Defense Innovation Unit, with assistance from DoD's Office of Strategic Capital, and represents an important milestone in the development of a potentially transformational technology.

For the military, projected BWB fuel savings of 30% over traditional aircraft would help mitigate logistics risks and enable critical capabilities such as increased range, loiter time, and offload capabilities. A successful BWB would be good news for the Department, our warfighters, the U.S. aerospace industry and the American taxpayer.

We look forward to seeing the prototype as early as 2027.