This changes everything.
Video: Unveiling of the B-21 Raider
The Future of Long-Range Strike
When it comes to delivering America’s resolve, the B-21 Raider will be standing by, silent and ready. We are providing America’s warfighters with an advanced aircraft offering a combination of range, payload, and survivability. The B-21 Raider will be capable of penetrating the toughest defenses to deliver precision strikes anywhere in the world. The B-21 is the future of deterrence.
Recent articles and stories about the B-21 Raider. Read all B-21 news
What You Need to Know About Northrop Grumman’s B-21 Raider
AFA Recap on B-21 Raider Program and Progress
Northrop Grumman’s B-21 Raider Continues Progression to Flight Test
Northrop Grumman and the US Air Force Introduce the B-21 Raider, the World’s First Sixth-Generation Aircraft
Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Delivers Data Sharing and Cloud Firsts
Northrop Grumman, U.S. Air Force enter into industry-first data rights agreement and prove operations and sustainment data migration to the cloud
Meet the Raiders
On April 18, 1942, 80 men and 16 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers set off on what some said was an impossible mission, to change the course of World War II. The actions of these 80 volunteers, led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, were instrumental in shifting momentum in the Pacific theater and setting the stage for victory at the Battle of Midway.
These men, dubbed the Doolittle Raiders, launched 16 B-25s off the flight deck of the USS Hornet, despite the plane not being designed for carrier operations. The raid acted as a catalyst to many future innovations in U.S. air superiority from land or sea. That bold, innovative and courageous spirit of the Doolittle Raiders has been the inspiration behind the name of America’s next generation bomber, the B-21 Raider, in development now by the U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman.
Studies and Reports
Northrop Grumman's B-21 Raider will play a vital role in U.S. national security and strategic deterrence. Read the latest studies and reports about this critical mission.
Long-Range Strike: Resetting the Balance of Stand-in and Stand-off Forces [The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies] June 2020
Five Priorities for the Air Force’s Future Combat Air Force [Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments] January 2020
Air Force B-21 Raider Long-Range Strike Bomber [Congressional Research Service] November 2019
Secretary of the Air Force Opens AFA Conference Confirming Five B-21 Test Aircraft in Flow
Read more about the latest B-21 news released at AFA's 2021 Air, Space & Cyber Conference.
Video: Meet the B-21 Raider
“The second [B-21] is really more about structures, and the overall structural capability. We’ll go in and bend it, we’ll test it to its limits, make sure that the design and the manufacturing and the production line make sense.”
–Randall Walden, Director and Program Executive Officer for the Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office
Jan. 15, 2021
“The B-21, which is in development and scheduled for delivery in the middle of this decade, is going to be vital to our Air Force. It will be a critical part of our deterrence posture: projecting a strong military that lets our enemies know they can’t escape us.”
–Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma)
Nov. 26, 2020