At least six of these new bombers are currently undergoing testing and final assembly at the Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Palmdale facility. The digital bomber – backbone of the future for US air power is set to be unveiled on Friday.
The US Air Force and Northrop Grumman Corporation will showcase the world’s premier sixth-generation aircraft on Friday.
At Northrop’s base in Palmdale, California, the B-21 Raider stealth bomber will be on demonstration. The highly classified aircraft that has been under development since 2015 has not yet been seen in person; only renderings have been made available to the public.
The B-21 program has been worked on by a group of more than 8,000 employees from Northrop, 400 suppliers located in 40 states, and the Air Force.
The newest stealth bomber, according to Northrop “benefits from more than three decades of strike and stealth technology … and was developed with the next generation of stealth technology, advanced networking capabilities and an open systems architecture, the B-21 is optimized for the high-end threat environment.”
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The aircraft, in Northrop’s words, will serve as the “backbone of the future for US air power” in the future thanks to its enhanced capabilities and cutting-edge technology for delivering both conventional and nuclear payloads. According to the defense firm, it will be able to “defeat the anti-access, area-denial systems.”
Even Northrop referred to the brand-new aircraft as a “digital bomber“. This is why:
At least six of these new bombers are currently undergoing testing and final assembly at the company’s Palmdale facility. The big reveal tomorrow will be the first time the general public has ever seen a sixth-generation bomber in person.