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Air Force releases most detailed images yet of secretive Raider nuclear stealth bomber

The Air Force released new images of its secretive new stealth nuclear bomber, the B-21 Raider, showing the aircraft at never-before-seen angles.

Images of the aircraft, which is being developed by Northrop Grumman, were posted to the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) website last week, showcasing the new bomber from both the front and from a quartering angle.

The new stealth bomber is being rolled out to replace the current B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit and is expected to enter service by 2027. By 2040, the B-21 is expected to completely replace the older bombers.

According to a Pentagon estimate last year, the B-21 Raider will come in at a cost of nearly $700 million for each aircraft. The first test flight of the new bomber is expected to take place later this year.

First photo of B-21 Raider

The B-21 Raider was unveiled to the public at a ceremony on Dec. 2, 2022, in Palmdale, California. Designed to operate in tomorrow’s high-end threat environment, the B-21 will play a critical role in ensuring America’s enduring airpower capability. (U.S. Air Force photo)

“It’s a testament to America’s enduring advantages in ingenuity and innovation, and it’s proof of the department’s long-term commitment to building advanced capabilities that will fortify America’s ability to deter aggression, today and into the future,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said of the aircraft after it was unveiled in December.

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