In February Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James revealed the first concept image of the futuristic B-21 long range bomber, which will be built by Northrop Grumman. Previously known as the Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B), it will be the U.S. military’s first bomber of the 21st century.

It will be able to launch from the continental U.S. and deliver airstrikes on any location in the world. The new B-21 also reaffirmed that, after more than 100 years the bomber, remains a crucial part of the U.S. Air Force’s offensive arsenal.

“The B-21 will offer the ability to bring weapons to bear quickly,” Wayne Plucker, aerospace and defense director at research firm Frost & Sullivan, told “It can load up and take off without refueling and restaging, and that can make for a world of difference in modern conflicts.”

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