The U.S. Air Force released two new images of the B-21 Raider on Tuesday at the 2023 Air Force and Space Forces Warfare Symposium in Aurora, Colorado.
General Thomas A. Bussier, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, spoke at the symposium and highlighted what it takes to defeat the threats facing the United States.
One of those flanks was the bomber fleet, which included the B-21 Raider. It is described as a bomber that is adaptable to future threats and has both nuclear and conventional capabilities.
Bussier called the B-21 “the future backbone of the bomber fleet,” adding that the military sector will have at least 100 Raiders.
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Long-term plans call for the Air Force to acquire more than 220 bombers.
The B-21 “will deploy operational aircraft to its first major base of operations in the mid-2020s,” the general said.
In a press release, the U.S. Air Force said the aircraft was designed with an open architecture that allows for rapid adoption of mature technology. It is also designed with supportability, maintainability and sustainability in mind.
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“Integrated technology and open architecture systems offer potential capabilities to advance, modernize, and keep those weapons systems at the forefront of future threats,” said Bussier.
The B-21 Raider is the first new American bomber in over 30 years and nearly every aspect of its program is classified.
When the bomber was unveiled to the public for the first time in December, manufacturer Northrop Grumman said the deployment of the latest nuclear stealth bomber would be the first time the world’s first sixth-generation aircraft has been shown to the public.
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“B-21s delivered to the Air Force will join the nation’s strategic triad as a visible and flexible deterrent to support national security objectives and ensure the nation’s allies and partners,” the company said in a release. said in
The nuclear triad includes silo-launched nuclear ballistic missiles and submarine-launched warheads.
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The cost of the bombers remains unknown — although they were projected to be about $550 million each in 2010 dollars, or about $750 million in today’s inflation-adjusted dollars — the Raiders will be launched next year. Do not make the first flight until