February 4, 2023

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New Stealth Bomber: US Air Force Introduces “B-21 Raider”

Status: 03.12.2022 08:03

The US Air Force has introduced its new stealth bomber. The “B-21 Raider” is even less visible to radar and can fly without a crew. Its name is reminiscent of an attack in World War II.

The US Air Force has unveiled its new B-21 Raider stealth bomber – the Air Force’s first new bomber model in decades. The high-tech aircraft was unveiled Friday in a lavish venue at the arms giant Northrop Grumman’s campus in Palmdale, California.

The B-21 is said to be more difficult to detect by enemy radar than other stealth bombers and can theoretically fly unmanned. It can carry both nuclear and conventional missiles. The US Air Force wants to buy at least 100 of the machines, which could cost as little as $700 million (about 670 million euros) per plane. The first flight is scheduled for next year.

Named in honor of Lt. Col

The B-21 is intended to gradually replace the Air Force’s earlier B-1 and B-2 bombers, which date back to the Cold War era. “The B-21 will be the backbone of our future bomber force,” Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stepanek said. The aircraft is capable of penetrating the world’s “most competitive risk areas”.

The name Raider is a tribute to the so-called Doolittle Raid – the English word “raid” meaning attack – in World War II. American bombers led by Lt. Col. James Doolittle attacked Tokyo on April 18, 1942, a few months after the Japanese surprise attack on the American base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. It was the first US attack on mainland Japan and a symbolic victory for American forces.

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