Northrop Grumman Corporation along with the United States Air Force made history when they made the first ever publicly televised roll out of their new cutting edge, and highly secretive B-21 Raider on December 2nd 2022
At 8pm pacific time, the large hangar doors creeped open allowing us our first look at the futuristic bomber.
The Sixth Generation B-21 Raider Stealth bomber is the next evolution of the Air Force strategic bomber fleet. Developed with next generation of stealth technology, advanced networking capabilities, cloud capabilities, and an open systems architecture, the B-21 is optimized for the high-end threat environment.
The B-21's global reach will deliver a new era of capability and flexibility through advanced integration of data, sensors and weapons. Capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear payloads, and the ability to use a broad mix of stand-off and direct attack munitions.
To ensure her ability to maintain technological relevance in future battlefields, the B-21 has been designed for rapid upgradeability. New technology, capabilities and weapons will be seamlessly incorporated through agile software upgrades and built-in hardware flexibility.
Ladies and gentleman...the B-21 Raider!
At present, six B-21 Raiders are in various stages of final assembly and test at Northrop Grumman’s plant in Palmdale, California.
The B-21 Raider is named in honor of the Doolittle Raid of World War II when 80 airmen, led by Lt. Col. James “Jimmy” Doolittle, and 16 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers set off on a mission that changed the course of World War II. The actions of these 80 volunteers were instrumental in shifting momentum in the Pacific theater. This marked the raid as a catalyst to a multitude of future progress in U.S. air superiority from land or sea. The courageous spirit of the Doolittle Raiders is the inspiration behind the name of the B-21 Raider.