At the American Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference, Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall confirmed that five raiders are now taking shape at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California. They are part of the Aircraft Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) batch.
The US Air Force is rapidly expanding its fleet of strategic bombers amid growing threats from Russia and China. Meanwhile, there are reports that the B-21 raider bomber is also going to be included in this fleet soon. The B-21 Rider is said to be the world’s most advanced aircraft ever. America claims that the technology of this aircraft is so advanced that no radar in the world can catch it. On the demand of the US Air Force, major weapons manufacturer Northrop Grumman is assembling five units of the B-21 Raider. Soon these planes will be handed over to the US Air Force for testing.
US Air Force confirmed
At the American Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference, Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall confirmed that five raiders are now taking shape at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California. They are part of the Aircraft Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) batch. The project is funded under the Long Range Striker Bomber (LRS-B) contract.
America to buy 150 units of B-21 bomber
The US Air Force has not yet told how many such bombers it has ordered. But, quoting sources, it is being told that 150 new stealth bombers can be handed over to the US Air Force. The B-21 stealth bomber will be ready from its California factory in early 2022. A few months later, the first flight of the B-21 will also be conducted.
Hangar ready for first flight
The US Air Force will soon finalize the contract for the construction of the hangar and maintenance facilities at the aircraft’s operating base. It is not yet decided at which airbase it will be deployed. The project was expected to be delayed due to the Corona virus epidemic, but now the Air Force has said that all the preparations are being done according to the pre-determined schedule.
B-21 will look like a B-2 bomber
In an interview with Air Force Magazine, Randall G. Walden, Director of the Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), said that the first rider, the B-21, will look like a B-2 bomber. By early 2022, Northrop Grumman Corporation will develop engine runs, taxi tests and other necessary ground facilities in Palmdella, California. A few months later, the first flight of the B-21 bomber would be conducted.
Edwards Air Force Base will be the first deployment
Preparations are being made to test it at Edwards Air Force Base in California. After which the 420th Flight Test Squadron will take over the aircraft for extensive trials. He also told that we are preparing to test this aircraft till the last limit. It will have the world’s most advanced stealth feature, which cannot be caught by any radar in the world. Once all the test results are in, orders will be placed for mass production soon after.