US Air Force to unveil most advanced warplane ever built as part of $203 billion program

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The US Air Force plans to unveil the most advanced aircraft ever built early next month after spending nearly $203 billion on the program.

The B-21 Raider stealth bomber will be unveiled at the Northrop Grumman plant in Palmdale, CaliforniaDecember 2.

The bomber was designed for long-range bombing and nuclear missions using advanced stealth technology.

Six bombers are currently under construction at Palmdale at a cost of about $2 billion per aircraft. They are expected to start flying in 2023.

The Air Force and Northrop began development of the bomber in 2015 after the aerospace and defense company was awarded a contract to design and manufacture the aircraft.

The advanced aircraft was named after the Doolittle Raiders, a team of World War II B-21 bomber crews known for their courage and bravery.

Artistic illustration of a B-21 Raider. Images of the real plane have not yet been released

Rendering of the B-21 Raider released by the US Air Force.  The presentation of the plane will take place on Friday

Rendering of the B-21 Raider released by the US Air Force. The presentation of the plane will take place on Friday

B-21 Raider teaser released by aerospace and technology contractor Northrop Grumman

B-21 Raider teaser released by aerospace and technology contractor Northrop Grumman

Northrop representatives called the B-21 “groundbreaking” and “technological excellence.”

“The B-21 is the most advanced military aircraft ever built and is the product of groundbreaking innovation and technological excellence,” said Northrop Sector Vice President and General Manager Dow Young.

“The Raider demonstrates the dedication and skill of the thousands of people who work every day to deliver this aircraft,” he added.

All details about the bomber were kept strictly secret, and almost nothing was revealed about the plane.

Pictures of the plane haven’t even been released at this point — only artist renderings of the plane shown by the Air Force and a teaser released by Northrup showing the shape of the B-21 hidden under cover.

The aircraft is said to use previously unseen stealth technology to avoid detection by enemies and may be capable of flying with or without pilots, according to Defense alone.

Rendering of the B-21 Raider released by Northrop Grumman.  The military aircraft is expected to become the most advanced on Earth

Rendering of the B-21 Raider released by Northrop Grumman. The military aircraft is expected to become the most advanced on Earth

The B-21 Raider will be unveiled at the Northrop Grumman facility in Palmdale, California.

The B-21 Raider will be unveiled at the Northrop Grumman facility in Palmdale, California.

Northrop president Tom Jones said the aircraft was “optimized to operate in very harsh environments.”

Friday’s opening event will be by invitation only. Jones told Defense One that more than 8,000 people in 40 states are involved in the development of the project.

“I think this is the first glimpse of what will be a great potential for our country,” he said.

The Air Force has designated the B-21 as a sixth-generation aircraft, meaning it will be the most advanced aircraft on the planet.

Aircraft generations represent the main stages of flight engineering. The fifth generation – which includes the most advanced military aircraft in the world before the B-21 – consists of technologies that prevailed in the 90s and the beginning of the 21st century.

The B-21 Raider was named after a group of World War II-era bomber pilots and crewmen known as

The B-21 Raider was named after a group of World War II bomber pilots and crewmen known as the “Doolittle Raiders”

The Dootlittle Raiders launched an attack with 16 B-25 bombers, which they launched from the flight deck of the USS Hornet, despite the fact that the carrier was not designed to accommodate aircraft of that size.

The Dootlittle Raiders launched an attack with 16 B-25 bombers, which they launched from the flight deck of the USS Hornet, despite the fact that the carrier was not designed to accommodate aircraft of that size.

They Doolittle Raiders consisted of 80 members of the Air Force who volunteered to attack Tokyo on April 18, 1942, just months after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and drew the U.S. into the war the previous December.

They Doolittle Raiders consisted of 80 members of the Air Force who volunteered to attack Tokyo on April 18, 1942, just months after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and drew the U.S. into the war the previous December.

Raider was named after a group of World War II bomber pilots and crew known as the Doolittle Raiders.

They consisted of 80 members of the Air Force who volunteered to attack Tokyo on April 18, 1942, just months after Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor and drawn the U.S. into the war the previous December.

The bombing was planned and led by Lt. Col. James Doolittle and proved to be a major boost to American morale.

The aviators struck with 16 B-25 bombers, which they launched from the flight deck of the USS Hornet, despite the fact that the carrier was not designed to accommodate aircraft of that size.

“The raid catalyzed many future innovations in US air superiority from land or sea,” Northrop wrote on its website. “This daring, innovative and courageous spirit of the Doolittle Raiders inspired the name of America’s next generation bomber, the B-21 Raider.”

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