Comparison of Newest B-21 Raiders Vs US B-2 Bombers

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Comparison of Newest B-21 Raiders Vs US B-2 Bombers
The B-21 as seen on Dec. 2. US Air Force / Joshua M. Carroll

The United States (US) military shows off the latest photos of the B-21, a strategic bomber that is still being developed by its Air Force. The latest images circulating show that the B-21 Raider is at the Air and Space Force 2023 warfare symposium in Colorado.

The B-21 was developed to become a bomber capable of adapting to various future threats. Sophisticated, the B-21 Raider has nuclear and conventional capabilities. The B-21 Raider is even referred to as the backbone of the future bomber fleet.

The B-21 Raider is included in the Long Range Strike Bomber or LSR-B program. The US Air Force is trying to get the B-21 Raider into service by 2025. The existence of this fleet also complements the Rockwell B-1 Lancer, Boeing B-52, and Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit. Meanwhile, a request for the development of the B-21 Raider appeared in July 2014. A year later, the development contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman.

As a complement to the B-2, what is the comparison between the B-21 Raider and the bomber fleet? The first thing to notice is the production time. The B-2 was used by the US Air Force in 1993. Like the B-21, the B-2, also called Spirit, is managed by the Northrop Grumman Corporation. This fleet is 21 meters long and slightly larger than the average fighter.

The B-2 at that time was deliberately intended to penetrate the Soviet Union’s air defenses. Launching the Britannica page, the B-2 is the most expensive aircraft in the world with a price exceeding USD 1 billion per unit. Initially, the US planned to produce 132 units. However, the plan was not successful. After the Cold War, Uncle Sam’s country was only able to produce 20 units of B-2.

The striking comparison of the B-21 and B-2 is their size. From the information the team gathered, the B-21 Raider is much smaller than the B-2. The wing size of the B-21 is 15% smaller than that of the B-2. Due to its smaller size, the B-21 has the potential to fly undetected through contested airspace. The payload carried by the B-21 is 50% less than that of the B-2. So, it is expected to be more efficient in infiltrating.

This information was published on the Fox News page on March 9, 2023.