Sending a signal to potential adversaries, Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall announced on September 20 that Northrop Grumman has five B-21 Raider stealth bombers in final production. This comes at a time when the Air Force is increasing its bomber presence in Iceland and is working hard to maintain and grow its air superiority.

 

The B-21 Stealth Bomber in Production

News of the Air Force’s newest stealth bomber is scarce, owing to its super-secret nature. Initial reports had just two of the bombers in final production.

Designed to replace the B-1B Lancer and the B-2 Spirit, the Raider is expected to begin flight testing soon. Members of the 419th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards AFB, CA, will take possession of the first B-21 when it is released to the Air Force. The 419th is the Air Force’s Global Power Bomber Combined Test Force, responsible for any and all new programs for the U.S.’ bomber fleet.