This week, the B-21 Raider from Northrop Grumman was introduced by the US Air Force as its next long-range stealth bomber. The Department of Defense and the intelligence community have contracts with Northrop Grumman for aerospace, defense, and security services. The B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit bombers now in use will be phased out once the bomber is operational in a few years.
Since the end of the Cold War, the United States had not previously built a stealth bomber. Within a few years, military officials anticipate having at least 100 B-21s. Each bomber was $700 million expensive.
This sixth-generation bomber has been made available by Northrop Grumman. The B-21 has open systems design, powerful networking capabilities, and stealth technology. The bomber will be essential for usage in a situation with lots of stakes.
Officials from the US Air Force are hoping that the Raider will support the whole fleet. With its cutting-edge data, sensors, and weaponry, it can deliver conventional and nuclear payloads and employ stand-off and direct assault variations. A digital bomber that makes advantage of the cloud is the B-21. The use of cloud-based technologies will lead to more affordable, environmentally friendly airplanes.
Unveiled today, the B-21 Raider will be a dual-capable, penetrating-strike stealth bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. The B-21 will form the backbone of the future Air Force bomber force consisting of B-21s and B-52s.(U.S. Air Force photo) pic.twitter.com/X6KSU7sy6U— U.S. Air Force (@usairforce) December 3, 2022
The B-21 Raider will not receive block enhancements like its forerunners. Software updates and hardware adaptability are used to incorporate the bomber’s technology and weaponry. According to Northrop Grumman, using new technology will allow the bomber to meet changing threats for decades without requiring large design changes.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin spoke during the unveiling ceremony and said, “The B-21 Raider is the first strategic bomber in more than three decades. It is a testament to America’s enduring advantages in ingenuity and innovation. And it’s proof of the Department’s long-term commitment to building advanced capabilities that will fortify America’s ability to deter aggression, today and into the future.”
Officials gave a history of the B-21 Raider’s naming during the ceremony. The Doolittle Raid of World War II, which was conducted by Lt. Col. James Doolittle and took place on April 18, 1942, inspired the bomber’s name. In addition, Doolittle offered to be in charge of the defense effort if Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.