B-21 Raider

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B-21 Career Opportunities

Northrop Grumman employees are Defining Possible every day through science, technology and engineering. We are 100,000 people – with careers in all areas: air, cyber, land, sea and space – working as one to defend and define the future.

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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. 

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Northrop Grumman’s B-21 Raider Receives Aviation Week Grand Laureate Award

Northrop Grumman received the Aviation Week Grand Laureate Award in the defense category for its role as the prime contractor delivering the B-21 Raider to the United States Air Force. Aviation Week announced the Grand Laureate winners at its 66th Annual Laureate awards in Washington, D.C. on March 14, 2024.

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Northrop Grumman’s B-21 Raider Continues Its Flight Test Campaign

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Northrop Grumman’s B-21 Raider Receives Aviation Week Grand Laureate Award

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What You Need to Know About Northrop Grumman’s B-21 Raider

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AFA Recap on B-21 Raider Program and Progress

Northrop Grumman’s B-21 Raider Continues Progression to Flight Test

Northrop Grumman’s B-21 Raider Continues Progression to Flight Test 

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Northrop Grumman and the US Air Force Introduce the B-21 Raider, the World’s First Sixth-Generation Aircraft

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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

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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.

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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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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.

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