New stealth bomber

December 5, 2022
B-21 bomber in front of blue background at a U.S. Air Force facility

Even the most sophisticated air-defense systems will struggle to detect a B-21 in the sky.

United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III. The Defense Department unveiled the B-21 Raider – the first American strategic bomber plane in more than 30 years.

Why It Matters: The B-21 Raider was introduced to the public on Friday but development began in 2015. Although most of its characteristics remain classified, the long-range stealth bomber is one of the most technologically advanced aircrafts in the U.S.; it will likely make its first flight next year and is not expected to deploy for "several more years."

More from Secretary of Defense Austin: "As the United States continues to innovate, this bomber will be able to defend our country with new weapons that haven't even been invented yet. And the B-21 is multi-functional. It can handle anything from gathering intel, to battle management, to integrating with our allies and partners. And it will work seamlessly across domains, and theaters, and across the joint force."

World Gets First Look at B-21 Raider (U.S. Department of Defense)

by Jenna Lee,