B-21 Bomber to Debut Written 2 December 2022


An artist's rendering of a B-21 Raider. | Credit: U.S. Air Force graphic; USAF; Public Domain

Reuters reports that Northrop Grumman “is set to roll out the first plane in a new fleet of long-range stealth nuclear bombers for the United States Air Force at a ceremony in Palmdale, California[,] on Friday.” Similar in shape to the B-2, a “flying wing” design already “in the Air Force’s inventory, the B-21 ‘Raider’ will also be able to deliver nuclear weapons around the world because of long-range and mid-air refueling capabilities.” Each B-21, which can “deliver both conventional and nuclear bombs, was projected to cost approximately $550 million each in 2010 dollars, or about $750 million in today’s inflation-adjusted dollars.” The Air Force “planned to buy at least 100 of the planes and...replace B-1 and B-2 bombers.” Northrop beat out a team composed of The Boeing Company “and Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) when it won the 2015 contract to make the bomber alongside suppliers including engine maker Pratt & Whitney (RTX.N), Collins Aerospace, GKN Aerospace, BAE Systems (BAES.L) and Spirit Aerosystems (SPR.N).”
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