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Air Force unveils B-21 Raider stealth bomber

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The U.S. military will unveil the U.S. Air Force B-21 Raider on Friday in Palmdale, California. 

The B-21 Raider is the primary recent American bomber aircraft in greater than three a long time and almost every aspect of this system is assessed, with artist renderings showing that it resembles the B-2 Spirit. 

Manufacturer Northrop Grumman said that the rollout of the most recent nuclear stealth bomber marks the primary time the world’s first sixth-generation aircraft will probably be seen by the general public. 

“When delivered to the Air Force, the B-21 will join the nation’s strategic triad as a visual and versatile deterrent; supporting national security objectives and assuring the nation’s allies and partners,” the corporate said in a release. 

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The nuclear triad includes silo-launched nuclear ballistic missiles and submarine-launched warheads.

Northrop Grumman CEO Kathy Warden told The Associated Press the best way the B-21 operates is amazingly advanced. 

This undated artist rendering provided by the U.S. Air Force shows a graphic of the Long Range Strike Bomber, designated the B-21.
(U.S. Air Force via AP)

The corporate said it’s optimized for the high-end threat environment, using agile software development, advanced manufacturing techniques, digital engineering tools and cloud technology. 

Northrop Grumman said it’s constantly working to be certain that the B-21 “will defeat the anti-access, area-denial systems it’s going to face.”

Warden couldn’t discuss the specifics of those technologies but said that the bomber will probably be more stealthy and barely smaller than the B-2.

“Once we discuss low observability, it’s incredibly low observability,” she said. “You’ll hear it, but you actually won’t see it.”

The B-21 Raider will not make its first flight until next year. Northrop Grumman has been testing its performance using a virtual replica. 

The B-21 Raider is not going to make its first flight until next yr. Northrop Grumman has been testing its performance using a virtual replica. 
(Northrop Grumman)

Other changes likely include advanced materials utilized in coatings to make the bomber harder to detect, recent ways to manage electronic emissions and using recent propulsion technologies, per several defense analysts.

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While six of the B-21 Raiders are currently in production, the Air Force plans to construct 100 that will be used with or with out a human crew. 

The fee of the bombers stays unknown — even though it was projected to cost roughly $550 million each in 2010 dollars, or about $750 million in today’s inflation-adjust dollars — and the Raider is not going to make its first flight until next yr.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin speaks during a press briefing after a virtual Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on Nov. 16, 2022.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin speaks during a press briefing after a virtual Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting on the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on Nov. 16, 2022.
(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The corporate has been testing its performance using a virtual replica.

Because the contract was awarded in 2015, Northrop Grumman assembled a team of greater than 8,000 from the corporate, industry partners and the Air Force, consisting of greater than 400 suppliers across 40 states.

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and other invited guests will probably be readily available Friday to witness the bomber’s public unveiling.

“We would have liked a recent bomber for the twenty first century that might allow us to tackle way more complicated threats, just like the threats that we fear we’d at some point face from China, Russia,” Deborah Lee James, the Air Force secretary, said in 2015. “The B-21 is more survivable and may tackle these way more difficult threats.”

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Julia Musto is a reporter for Fox News and Fox Business Digital. 

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