July 14, 2024

Nationwide Information

The aircraft is deliberate to be produced in variants with and with out pilots.

The B-21 Raider stealth bomber is unveiled at Northrop Grumman, Dec. 2, 2022, in Palmdale, California. Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP, File

WASHINGTON (AP) — The B-21 Raider took its first check flight on Friday, shifting the futuristic warplane nearer to turning into the nation’s subsequent nuclear weapons stealth bomber.

The Raider flew in Palmdale, California, the place it has been below testing and growth by Northrop Grumman.

The Air Drive is planning to construct 100 of the warplanes, which have a flying wing form very like their predecessor the B-2 Spirit however will incorporate superior supplies, propulsion and stealth expertise to make them extra survivable in a future battle. The aircraft is deliberate to be produced in variants with and with out pilots.

“The B-21 Raider is in flight testing,” Air Drive spokeswoman Ann Stefanek stated.

Such testing is a crucial step within the marketing campaign to supply “survivable, long-range, penetrating strike capabilities to discourage aggression and strategic assaults towards the USA, allies, and companions,” Stefanek stated.

Northrop Grumman Corp. relies in Falls Church, Virginia.