Two of the black, radar- evading jets attacked Yugoslav military targets, carrying 2,000lb (900kg) satellite-guided bombs capable of shattering hardened command facilities. Last night the US Defense Secretary, William Cohen, said the B-2s had "performed as advertised".
The stealth bombers, which look like angular boomerangs, each cost $2.1bn and are part of a 21-strong fleet built by Northrop Grumman with special materials to avoid detection by enemy radar.
Designers had to go back to the drawing board after it was alleged in a congressional report that the B-2's radar-absorbing coating was vulnerable to rain.
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