B-21 Raider looks like it’s from a sci-fi movie in new photos

  • The USAF released new photos of its sixth-gen bomber
  • It’s the B-21 Raider Stealth Bomber
  • The bomber has a new design and upgraded features

Published on May 26, 2024 at 2:19 PM (UTC+4)
by Siddharth Dudeja

Last updated on May 28, 2024 at 9:00 AM (UTC+4)
Edited by Nalin Rawat

After a long wait, the US Air Force (USAF) finally released official photos of the all-new B-21 Raider Stealth Bomber.

And the photos make it look like it’s a spacecraft straight out of a sci-fi movie.

That’s mostly because it has a unique look, which is quite different from its predecessors.

While many have sneaked around and clicked photos of the upcoming bomber, we haven’t had anything official until now.

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The US Air Force first revealed the new Stealth Bomber back in 2022.

Since then, there hasn’t been much talk about the aircraft.

The B-21 Raider, made by Northrop Grumman, will be the world’s first sixth-gen aircraft.

Moreover, we know that USAF and Northrop Grumman have already been conducting flight tests for some time.

The three images revealed by the USAF show the B-21 Raider in all its glory, with two of these images showing the Stealth Bomber in the air.

It certainly looks intimidating, to say the least.

Well, that’s because it should.

The new bomber will be the ‘backbone’ of the USAF bomber fleet in the future.

It will replace the existing B-1 and B-2 bombers to support national security missions.

The B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber is an extraordinary aircraft, but the Raider will be even better.

Unlike fifth-gen fighter jets like the F-35 Lightning II and F-22 Raptor, the new bomber will feature the latest state-of-the-art tech.

Plus, a new design to match the modern era.

What’s new about the design, you ask?

The recently released photos clearly show a sharpened nose, a more strategic design of the undercarriage covers, and trailing edges of its wing-fuselage.

It’s important to note that the aircraft is still under testing, and Northrop Grumman might make some slight changes to the design before formally starting production.

“We are in the flight test program, the flight test program is proceeding well,” Andrew Hunter, a USAF representative, said.

USAF mentions that Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, will be the first operating base for the B-21 Raider when it enters service.


Siddharth Dudeja

Siddharth is a tech nerd with a secret love of all things cars. He has been writing for a few years now, and on his free time you would find him gaming when he's not procrastinating.