The B-21 Advanced Strategic Bomber
Developments on the Northrop Grumman B- 21 Raider advanced strategic bomber have progressed after a review initiated to provide additional “insight and fidelity into the programme design since technology development”. Vice Chief of the USAF Gen Stephen Wilson observed that the review was conducted earlier this year. Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) Chief Gen Robin Rand has said that 100 B-21s are the stated requirement, which figure had been decided in spring 2016.
Northrop Grumman had won the B-21 contest in October 2015, beating the rival Boeing-Lockheed Martin offer. The current estimate is that the B-21 will cost around $550m per aircraft and will enter operational service from the mid-2020s.