Check out this never-before-seen high-definition video of Northrop Grumman Corp.'s B-2 stealth bomber.
The Falls Church, Virginia-based company on Friday released the air-to-air footage without sound -- just days before an expected release of the Air Force's new bomber contract.
Northrop is competing against Lockheed Martin Corp. for the program, known as the Long Range Strike-Bomber, or LRS-B. It's one of the most closely watched defense acquisition programs underway. The contract was initially expected to be announced in the spring, then summer and now fall.
The service wants to buy between 80 and 100 new bombers at no more than $550 million apiece to replace its aging fleet of B-52 Stratofortresses made by Boeing Co. and a least a portion of its B-1 fleet.
The video includes remarkable flybys of the bat-winged aircraft that allows viewers to see how it rolls and to appreciate its lines.