Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider

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The Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider is an American heavy bomber under development by Northrop Grumman.wikipedia
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Long Range Strike Bomber program

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As part of the Long Range Strike Bomber program (LRS-B), it is to be a very long-range, stealth strategic bomber for the United States Air Force capable of delivering conventional and thermonuclear weapons.
A development contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman for its B-21 Raider in October 2015.

Rockwell B-1 Lancer

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It is to complement existing Rockwell B-1 Lancer, Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, and Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber fleets in U.S. service and eventually replace these bombers.
The B-1B is expected to continue to serve into the 2030s, with the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider to begin replacing the B-1B after 2025.

Northrop Grumman

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The Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider is an American heavy bomber under development by Northrop Grumman.
In October 2015, the US Military announced it had awarded Northrop Grumman the contract for the successor to the B-1 and B-52, subsequently identified as the B-21.

Stealth aircraft

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As part of the Long Range Strike Bomber program (LRS-B), it is to be a very long-range, stealth strategic bomber for the United States Air Force capable of delivering conventional and thermonuclear weapons.
🇺🇸B-21 Raider – Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit

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It is to complement existing Rockwell B-1 Lancer, Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, and Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber fleets in U.S. service and eventually replace these bombers. Final assembly of the B-21 is expected to take place at United States Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California, at the same facility used during the 1980s and 1990s for Northrop B-2 production.
The decision to retire the B-2 early was made because the small fleet of 20 is considered too expensive per plane to retain, with its position as a stealth bomber being taken over with the introduction of the B-21 Raider starting in the mid-2020s.

United States Air Force

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As part of the Long Range Strike Bomber program (LRS-B), it is to be a very long-range, stealth strategic bomber for the United States Air Force capable of delivering conventional and thermonuclear weapons.
The B-21 is projected to replace the B-52 and parts of the B-1B force by the mid-2020s.

Heavy bomber

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The Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider is an American heavy bomber under development by Northrop Grumman.
Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider

Strategic bomber

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As part of the Long Range Strike Bomber program (LRS-B), it is to be a very long-range, stealth strategic bomber for the United States Air Force capable of delivering conventional and thermonuclear weapons.
🇺🇸 Northrop Grumman B-21. A proposed stealth bomber, with a goal of supplanting a portion or all of the current B-52 and B-1. Planned to be deployed in the 2020s.

United States Air Force Plant 42

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Final assembly of the B-21 is expected to take place at United States Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California, at the same facility used during the 1980s and 1990s for Northrop B-2 production.
Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider

Doolittle Raid

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On 19 September 2016, the B-21 was formally named "Raider" in honor of the Doolittle Raiders.
In September 2016, the Northrop Grumman B-21 was formally named "Raider" in honor of the Doolittle Raiders.

Thermonuclear weapon

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As part of the Long Range Strike Bomber program (LRS-B), it is to be a very long-range, stealth strategic bomber for the United States Air Force capable of delivering conventional and thermonuclear weapons.

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

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It is to complement existing Rockwell B-1 Lancer, Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, and Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber fleets in U.S. service and eventually replace these bombers.

Request for proposal

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A request for proposal to develop the aircraft was issued in July 2014.

List of intelligence gathering disciplines

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A media report states that the bomber could also be used as an intelligence gatherer, battle manager, and interceptor aircraft.

Battle command

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A media report states that the bomber could also be used as an intelligence gatherer, battle manager, and interceptor aircraft.

Interceptor aircraft

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A media report states that the bomber could also be used as an intelligence gatherer, battle manager, and interceptor aircraft.

Deborah Lee James

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Then-Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James stated that the B-21 is a fifth-generation global precision attack platform that will give the United States networked sensor-shoot capability, thus holding targets at risk.

Network-centric warfare

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Then-Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James stated that the B-21 is a fifth-generation global precision attack platform that will give the United States networked sensor-shoot capability, thus holding targets at risk.

Initial operating capability

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Initial operating capability is expected to be reached by 2030.

Pratt & Whitney

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In March 2016, the USAF announced seven tier-one suppliers for the program: Pratt & Whitney; BAE Systems of Nashua, New Hampshire; Spirit AeroSystems of Wichita, Kansas; Orbital ATK of Clearfield, Utah and Dayton, Ohio; Rockwell Collins of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; GKN Aerospace of St Louis, Missouri; and Janicki Industries of Sedro-Woolley, Washington.

BAE Systems

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In March 2016, the USAF announced seven tier-one suppliers for the program: Pratt & Whitney; BAE Systems of Nashua, New Hampshire; Spirit AeroSystems of Wichita, Kansas; Orbital ATK of Clearfield, Utah and Dayton, Ohio; Rockwell Collins of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; GKN Aerospace of St Louis, Missouri; and Janicki Industries of Sedro-Woolley, Washington.

Nashua, New Hampshire

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In March 2016, the USAF announced seven tier-one suppliers for the program: Pratt & Whitney; BAE Systems of Nashua, New Hampshire; Spirit AeroSystems of Wichita, Kansas; Orbital ATK of Clearfield, Utah and Dayton, Ohio; Rockwell Collins of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; GKN Aerospace of St Louis, Missouri; and Janicki Industries of Sedro-Woolley, Washington.

Spirit AeroSystems

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In March 2016, the USAF announced seven tier-one suppliers for the program: Pratt & Whitney; BAE Systems of Nashua, New Hampshire; Spirit AeroSystems of Wichita, Kansas; Orbital ATK of Clearfield, Utah and Dayton, Ohio; Rockwell Collins of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; GKN Aerospace of St Louis, Missouri; and Janicki Industries of Sedro-Woolley, Washington.

Wichita, Kansas

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In March 2016, the USAF announced seven tier-one suppliers for the program: Pratt & Whitney; BAE Systems of Nashua, New Hampshire; Spirit AeroSystems of Wichita, Kansas; Orbital ATK of Clearfield, Utah and Dayton, Ohio; Rockwell Collins of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; GKN Aerospace of St Louis, Missouri; and Janicki Industries of Sedro-Woolley, Washington.

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems

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In March 2016, the USAF announced seven tier-one suppliers for the program: Pratt & Whitney; BAE Systems of Nashua, New Hampshire; Spirit AeroSystems of Wichita, Kansas; Orbital ATK of Clearfield, Utah and Dayton, Ohio; Rockwell Collins of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; GKN Aerospace of St Louis, Missouri; and Janicki Industries of Sedro-Woolley, Washington.