The B-21 nuclear stealth bomber, which will gradually replace aircraft initially used during the Cold War, has been presented by the US Air Force.
The first brand-new bomber in 30 years might cost close to $700 million (£569 million) each and be equipped to carry both nuclear and conventional missiles.
As may be expected, little is known about the aircraft’s precise specifications.
However, according to US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, it was evidence of the United States’ persistent advantages in creativity and invention.
At a ceremony held on Friday at the Northrop Grumman facility in California, the B-21 Raider was unveiled.
Even the most advanced air defense systems even the most advanced air defense systems will have difficulty spotting the B-21 in the skies, according to Mr. Austin, who claimed the aircraft would provide considerable improvements over current bombers in the US fleet.
The open system architecture of the aircraft, he continued, allows for the use of brand-new, as of yet undeveloped weapons.
It’s anticipated that a B-21 will fly for the first time in 2023.
It will soon replace the B-1 and B-2 aircraft, and Bloomberg estimates will cost $203 billion (£165 billion) to build, acquire, and operate the fleet over a 30-year period.
The manufacturer stated that six planes are now being produced and that they would have the “next generation of stealth” as well as some “new manufacturing techniques and materials”.
At least 100 of the planes will be purchased by the US Air Force.