See Photos of the US Air Force’s Newly Unveiled B-21 Raider
The B-21 Raider is the first new American bomber in more than 30 years.
The Air Force unveiled the first new US stealth bomber in decades on Friday, following years of covert development.
The B-21 Raider is a sixth-generation aircraft intended to serve as the backbone of America’s fleet amid increasingly rocky relations with China and Russia.
The sleek stealth bomber made by Northrop Grumman made its public debut at an Air Force facility in Palmdale, California.
The Friday event was the first time since 1988 that a new US bomber received a public unveiling.
The aircraft’s first flight is projected for 2023, though the actual timing will depend on ground test outcomes, Northrop Grumman said.
Six B-21 test aircraft are currently being assembled at the company’s Palmdale, California, site, according to the aerospace and defense manufacturer.