Jun 4, 2024 - Technology

๐Ÿ“ธ New stealth bomber in flight

A B-21 Raider soars above clouds during flight testing. Photo: Northrop Grumman

A B-21 Raider soars above clouds during flight testing. Photo courtesy Northrop Grumman

New photos of the B-21 Raider show the sophisticated stealth bomber in flight tests over California.

Why it matters: The images, shared by the U.S. Air Force and manufacturer Northrop Grumman, provide a peek at a highly secretive aircraft considered critical to future long-haul missions and nuclear weapons use.

Zoom in: The B-21's elliptical profile, trapezoidal windows, sleek air intakes and light grey paint job can be seen in the images.

  • Those features and more contribute to the bomber's ability to stay hidden on radar and to the naked eye.

By the numbers: At least 100 B-21s are expected to be built, to replace the B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit aircraft.

  • Each costs hundreds of millions of dollars.

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