B-21 News

America’s Bomber Force is Too Small and Getting Smaller

March 12, 2020
The United States should invest in its current long-range penetrating strike capabilities while awaiting the B-21 Raider according to a former Air Force senior leader.

Read more at Defense News.

Senior Leaders Visit B-21 Design, Development Headquarters

March 9, 2020
Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett and senior Air Force leaders visited Northrop Grumman's Melbourne, Fla. campus Feb. 28, 2020 to observe B-21 engineering and manufacturing developments.

Read more at AF.mil.

Barrett Highlights Space, Modernization, Alliances, People as Pressing Priorities

Feb. 27, 2020
During her remarks at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium, Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett highlighted the service’s efforts to develop and employ new equipment including the B-21 Raider.

Read more at AF.mil.

VCSAF Wilson Visits B-21 Manufacturing Facility in Palmdale, California

Feb. 6, 2020
Gen. Stephen Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, visited Northrop Grumman’s Palmdale, Calif. facility Feb. 3 to see where the first B-21 Raider is under construction.

Read more at AF.mil.

VCSAF Wilson Visits B-21, X-37B Facilities in Florida

Dec. 10, 2019
Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson recently toured Northrop Grumman's Manned Aircraft Center of Excellence and received an update on the progress made on B-21 Raider program.

Read more at AF.mil.

Why the U.S. Needs to Invest More in Bombers

Nov. 20, 2019
As the United States works toward developing the B-21 Raider stealth bomber, the nation should continue to invest in its proven long-range strike capabilities according to Dave Deptula, Dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Read more at Forbes.

Air Force Leader Shares Details on B-21 Bomber

Oct. 24, 2019
During a recent Air Force Association breakfast, the Director and Program Executive Officer for the U.S. Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office touted the progress made on the B-21 Raider program.

Read more at National Defense Magazine.

420th FLTS Reactivates to Support B-21 Raider Testing

Oct. 9, 2019
The reactivated 420th Flight Test Squadron will plan, test, analyze and report on all flight and ground testing of the B-21 Raider.

Read more at AF.mil.

420th FLTS Reactivates to Support B-21 Raider Testing

Oct. 9, 2019
The reactivated 420th Flight Test Squadron will plan, test, analyze and report on all flight and ground testing of the B-21 Raider.

Read more at AF.mil.

Acting SecAF Donovan Announces B-21 Manufacturing, Testing Locations

Sep. 16, 2019
At the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference, Acting Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan announced the manufacturing and testing locations for the B-21 Raider.

Read more at AF.mil.

Donovan Visits B-21, X-37B Facilities, L3 Harris Technologies

July 22, 2019
Northrop Grumman’s Design and Development Headquarters in Florida hosted Acting Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan on July 19, 2019.

Read more at AF.mil.

U.S. Air Force Builds First B-21 Raider ‘Test' Stealth Bomber

July 9, 2019
During his remarks to the Mitchell Institute on June 26, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein said the service is monitoring the development of the B-21 Raider aircraft and software to support the aircraft’s first flight.

Read more at Warrior Maven.

New Strategy Fuels Global Demand For More New Bombers

May 7, 2019
The United States continues to shape its future bomber force as Russia and China seek to add bomber aircraft to their inventories, ushering in a new era of long-range strategic aircraft.

Read more at Aviation Week.

Wilson, Goldfein Outline Air Force Progress, Need for Larger Force

April 2, 2019
In their testimony at two congressional hearings, U.S. Air Force senior leaders emphasized the need for a larger fleet that includes B-21 Raiders.

Read more at AF.mil.

Air Force Announces Ellsworth AFB as First B-21 Base

March 27, 2019
The Air Force announced Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, has been selected as the preferred location for the first operational B-21 Raider bomber and the formal training unit, March 27.

Read more at AF.mil.

B-21 Raider Program Holds Weapons System Critical Design Review

Dec. 10, 2018
The U.S. Air Force completed a critical design review for the B-21 Raider to ensure the service’s newest bomber has a stable and mature design as the program moves forward into manufacturing and flight test.

Read more at AF.mil.

Air Force Announces Bases to Support B-21 Raider Mission

Nov. 16, 2018
Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Heather Wilson announced the support locations for the B-21 Raider.

Read more at AF.mil.

You Have To See The Rest Of What May Be The Coolest Shot Of The B-2 Stealth Bomber Ever

Jul. 6, 2018
The War Zone takes a look at an image of the B-2 Spirit taken by Michael L. Abramson in 1999.

Read the article from The War Zone.

Texas Legislators Write in Support of Dyess AFB as Principal Base for B-21

Aug. 17, 2018
Senators Jon Cornyn and Ted Cruz penned a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Heather Wilson expressing their support of Dyess Air Force Base, near Abilene, Texas, as B-21's principal base.

Read the story from Abilene Reporter-News.

The U.S. Air Force's First Flying-Wing Jet Flew Way Back in 1949

May 22, 2018
Popular Mechanics examines how the YB-49 bomber laid the foundation for future flying-wing bombers, including the B-2 Spirit and the B-21 Raider.

Read the Popular Mechanics story.

Air Force Selects Locations for B-21 Aircraft

May 2, 2018
The Air Force announced that the B-21 Raider will replace B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit aircraft at three existing bomber bases beginning in the mid-2020s.

Read the USAF News story.

Extending the Range of the Air Force With the B-21

Mar. 2, 2018
Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) emphasized how the B-21's role is critical to national security, especially with the Air Force's newly-released bomber vector report. Wittman said, “The Air Force understands that to effectively conduct an air campaign in the 21st century, the U.S. will need the capability only a long-range stealth bomber can provide. In other words, the U.S. needs the B-21 Raider as quickly as possible.”

Read The Hill story.

“Number One [B-21 Characteristic] Needs to be Survivability” —David Deptula, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) USAF

Jan. 8, 2018
What one former combat commander and defense strategist thinks the B-21 Raider's capability and technology will bring to the nation.

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Here's What The B-2's Arrival In Guam Means For North Korea, The Olympics And More

Jan. 11, 2018
The B-2 brings a very unique, relevant and feared set of capabilities to the region, but does its sudden presence mean war is just around the corner?

Read The Drive story.

Interview With Gen. Robin Rand, Head of Air Force Global Strike Command

Nov. 14, 2017
Gen. Robin Rand gave an exclusive interview to National Defense during the 2017 Global Strike Command Innovation and Technology Symposium and offered his take on nuclear C3, GBSD, LRSO and the B-21 Raider.

Read the full interview in National Defense.

Air Force Seeks More Survivable Bomber Fleet

Jul. 20, 2017
The Air Force has ambitious plans for modernizing the air leg of the nation's nuclear arsenal but questions remain as to whether enough funding will be available for the service to meet its goals.

Read the story in National Defense.

To Libya and Back: Inside a Stealth Bomber Strike Against ISIS

Feb. 8, 2017
It was mid-January and the United States ended combat in Sirte a month earlier. Now ISIS fighters are regrouping in a familiar place when they feel safe from U.S. intervention. They are mistaken.

Read The Popular Mechanics story.

Long-Range Strike: ‘More Potent,' More Survivable & Cheaper

Jan. 31, 2017
On January 19, the Air Force struck terrorist targets in Libya using B-2 stealth bombers. This was not the first strike in the country. A mix of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy fighters conducted strikes there 30 years ago in response to terrorist acts in Europe. Comparisons between the two attacks illustrate the value of the unique combination of range, precision, large payload and stealth within a single aircraft.

Read the story in Breaking Defense.

Why the B-2 Stealth Bomber Was Used to Strike ISIS Camps in Libya

Jan. 19, 2017
America's most valuable stealth combat aircraft might have seemed like an odd choice to bomb a target whose air defenses were neutered in 2011. It wasn't.

Read The Drive story.

Jack Northrop and the Flying Wing

Dec. 21, 2016
In the 1940s, Jack Northrop generated great excitement with his amazing “Flying Wing,” which flew like an airplane but didn’t look like one, at least not in the traditional sense.

Read more at Air Force Magazine.

44 Hours

Nov. 21, 2016
The campaign began with strikes from B-2 bombers of the 509th Bomb Wing, flying directly from their home base at Whiteman AFB, Mo. These missions, some lasting in excess of 70 hours, were the longest combat bombing missions in history.

Read more at Air Force Magazine.

New B-21 Bomber Named ‘Raider’: U.S. Air Force

Sept. 19, 2016
Northrop Grumman Corp's B-21 long-range bomber will be called “Raider,” U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James said on Sept. 19.

Read more at Reuters.

The Air Force’s Next Long-Range Bomber Has a Name: The Raider

Sept. 19, 2016
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, who revealed the B-21 designation for the winning Long Range Strike Bomber design from Northrop Grumman in February, announced the name at the Air Force Association's conference in National Harbor, Maryland.

Read more at Ars Technica.

New CSAF Goldfein’s Suggested Top 5 Priorities

June 29, 2016
American Enterprise Institute's Mackenzie Eaglen, resident fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies and Breaking Defense Board of Contributors member, outlines suggested “Top 5” priorities for the Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein.

Read more at Breaking Defense.

Air Force Unveils New B-21 Bomber

Feb. 26, 2016
The U.S. Air Force secretary unveiled the first official rendering of the new Long-Range Strike Bomber and revealed its official designation: the B-21.

Read more at Defense News.

Mitchell Institute: Why Bombers Are Critical to National Security

Nov. 25, 2015
The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies released its latest report on the importance of long-range strike to meeting U.S. national security objectives. Members of Congress came together with Mitchell analysts on Capitol Hill to discuss the new report and its implications for the long-range strike bomber program.

Read more at the Mitchell Institute.

 

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