US Air Force Releases New Image of B-21 Raider Stealth Bomber
Northrop Grumman’s B-2 Spirit’s successor can now be seen in all its glory with this new artist’s rendering from the US Air Force. This dual-capable penetrating strike stealth bomber will be capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions, forming the backbone of the future Air Force bomber force consisting of B-21s as well as B-52s. The aircraft is nuclear capable and designed to accommodate manned or unmanned operations.
Nuclear modernization is a top priority for the Department of Defense and the Air Force, and B-21 is key to that plan. The built-in feature of open systems architecture on the B-21 makes the bomber effective as the threat environment evolves. This aircraft design approach sets the nation on the right path to ensuring America’s enduring airpower capability,” said Randall Walden, Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office director.
The aircraft is capable of employing a broad mix of stand-off and direct-attack munitions. Thanks to an open systems architecture, the B-21 reduces integration risk and enables competition for future modernization efforts to allow for the aircraft to evolve as the threat environment changes.