B-21 Raider: America’s New Stealth Bomber Revealed

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B-21 Raider
B-21 Raider

The Raider has become the centerpiece of contemporary military aviation discussions. Officially introduced, though shrouded in secrecy, at the close of 2022, this marks the United States’ first new nuclear bomber in nearly thirty years.

The U.S. Air Force’s current fleet includes three nuclear-capable bombers: the long-serving B-52 Stratofortress, operational since 1955; the B-1B Lancer, which took its maiden flight in 1986; and the B-2 Spirit, active since 1997. The Raider is intended to replace the newer Lancer and Spirit, while the Stratofortress will continue to serve, potentially becoming the first century-old operational bomber.

B-21 Raider
B-21 Raider (USAF)

The B-21 Raider began test flights last year at Northrop Grumman’s California facility. Recently, the USAF released images of the aircraft in flight at Edwards Air Force Base, showcasing its progress.

The Raider’s specifications remain largely classified, but it is described as a highly capable stealth aircraft with long-range capabilities and advanced avionics. The photo reveals features such as the main and nose landing gear. By 2026, it’s anticipated to be in full production, providing critical deterrence as older bombers are retired.

Its journey to operational readiness is a mix of progress and mystery, with much about the Raider still shrouded in secrecy. As the U.S. invests in cutting-edge technology, the Raider symbolizes the next generation of aerial dominance.


By Annie Linardos

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