B-21 Raider

B-21 Raider

It's detectable. Until it's not.

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.

B-21 Raider Frequently Asked Questions

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Marking 5 Years of B-21 Progress with 2 Aircraft in Flow

In just over two years since completing Critical Design Review, Northrop Grumman has brought its digital design of the B-21 Raider to life, with two test aircraft in production today.

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News

Recent articles and stories about the B-21 Raider.

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Second B-21 Under Construction as Bomber Moves Toward First Flight

Jan. 15, 2021 – Production of the second B-21 stealth bomber is underway…

Air Force participates in B-21 Beddown Construction Industry Day

Jan. 11, 2021 – The assistant secretary of the Air Force for Installatio…

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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.

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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. Read all reports

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

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