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Pentagon reveals new $629M strategic bomber

Randy Mancini 3 December 5, 2022
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - NOVEMBER 29: The Pentagon is seen from a flight taking off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on November 29, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia. The Pentagon is the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense and the world’s largest office building. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The Pentagon is seen from a flight taking off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on November 29, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia. The Pentagon is the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense and the world’s largest office building. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 12:53 PM PT – Monday, December 5, 2022

The new strategic bomber will cost $629 million to produce. It is set to replace the aging B-1B Lancer and the B-2 Spirit in the nuclear triad within the U.S. Air Force.

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

In a statement, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced that the new aircraft will be added to the U.S. Air Force’s capable nuclear carrying aircraft arsenal.

“The B-21 Raider is the first strategic bomber in more than three decades,” he said.

The new stealth bomber is called the B-21 Raider. It was developed by Northrop Grumman, an American multinational aerospace and defense technology company. The company is one of the world’s largest weapons manufacturers and military technology providers.

The aircraft will be difficult to track due to the shape of the airframe.

“50 years of advances and low observable technology have gone into this aircraft,” Austin said. “And even the most sophisticated air defense systems will struggle to detect the B-21 in the sky.”