Each new B-21 Raider is expected to cost nearly $700 million
The B-21 Raider is unveiled during a ceremony at Northrop Grumman’s Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California, December 2, 2022. © Frederic J. BROWN / AFP
The US Air Force unveiled a new strategic stealth bomber on Friday, the first in 30 years. With an estimated cost of more than half a billion dollars, the B-21 Raider has yet to make its maiden flight.
The Northrop Grumman bomber, which is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear weapons, was showcased in a ceremony at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California. The event was attended by high-ranking Pentagon officials, including Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
Austin hailed the B-21 Raider as “the embodiment of America’s determination to defend the republic that we all love,” adding: “This is deterrence the American way.”
When the contract for the Raider was first announced in 2015, then-Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James claimed that the US needs a new bomber “that would allow us to take on much more complicated threats, like the threats that we fear we would one day face from China, Russia.”