Air Force unveils nickname for B-21 bomber: Raider
The B-21 Raider is expected to enter operations in the 2020s and is the product of an industry team led by Northrop Grumman Corporation, the prime contractor for the B-21 design, build and delivery project. The stealth bomber will be a long-range strike system that can hit any target worldwide.
“The B-21’s name embodies the legacy and power projection of the Air Force’s long-range strike capability," Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Corporate Vice President and President Tom Vice said.
"We are proud to partner with the Air Force to deliver a system that is so vital to our national security,” Vice said. “As the only company to ever design, build, deliver and modernize a long-range stealth system, we are committed to delivering the fleet of bombers for the 21st century.”
Northrop Grumman is leading a seven-partner team in its work to deliver the bomber, including BAE Systems, GKN Aerospace, Janicki Industries, Orbital ATK, Pratt & Whitney, Rockwell Collins, and Spirit AeroSystems.