The Air Force today released a new artistic rendering of the B-21 Raider bomber. The rendering is based on the actual aircraft, and an artist’s interpretation of the B-21 design, with Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. — where it will undergo testing — in the background.
All plans, analysis and reports for the B-21 Raider flights, as well as ground tests, will be done by the 420th Flight Test Squadron, based at Edwards AFB.
The B-21 is the most advanced bomber to date with complex nuclear long range missions built into its DNA.
“Nuclear modernization is a top priority for the Department of Defense and the Air Force, and B-21 is key to that plan,” Randall Walden, Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office director, said in Tuesday press release.
The Air Force plans to retire the B-1 fleet as B-21 becomes operational.
Ellsworth AFB, S.D., will be home to the B-21 program once it is fully operational in the mid-2020s.
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