In the United States, the new super-modern B-21 Raider bomber took to the air for the first time. The US Air Force expects the Raider to be a durable aircraft that is almost invisible to the enemy.
Another milestone on the way to the successor of the B2 stealth bomber. This is how foreign media describe the first flight of the brand new B-21 Raider bomber. On Friday, residents of the Californian city of Palmdale saw it in the sky for the first time. It took off from the local airport near the factory, where it is created, at around seven in the morning. According to a spokesperson for the US Department of Defense, it was a test flight.
The B-21 Raider bomber was introduced almost a year ago by Northrop Grumman, which developed and manufactures it. It has promised to send the plane into the air for the first time by the end of 2023.
“This was a great start to an incredible and historic evening. Bombers are the cornerstone of this nation’s air force, and tonight we are introducing the next generation,” said CEO Kathy Warden.
After more than 30 years, it is a new type of American bomber. It is said that more than 400 companies from 40 American states participated in its production. “This aerial bomber has been in development for seven years, but its roots go back much further. The United States has the best armed forces in the world,” said US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
Six more test machines are said to be in production now. The company plans to produce unmanned versions as well. The US Air Force wants to buy at least 100 raiders. How much one will cost has not yet been released. But it is estimated that it will be more than 17 billion crowns.
“The U.S. bomber fleet is the world’s most important aerial deterrent. The B-21 Raider will be the backbone of our air fleet,” said US Navy Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Christopher Grady.
The new bomber has a range that exceeds any current machine. It was named Raider in honor of the participants in the raid on Tokyo during World War II. They called themselves the Doolittle Raiders after their commander, whose name was James Doolittle.