Testing location, dates set for new B-21 stealth bomber
The Acting Secretary of the U.S. Air Force has announced that the new B-21 stealth bombers will be built in the Golden State, providing California industry with more money and responsibility toward America’s defense.
The Raider bombers will be “born” at the Northrop Grumman Facility in Palmdale, California, the same place where the B-2 Spirit was made.
Acting Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan also noted that the 420th Flight Test Squadron will be reactivated to test the B-21s out of Edwards Air Force Base.
“The development of the B-21 Raider is on schedule and the first test aircraft is under production at the same production facility in Palmdale, California, like its predecessor, the B-2. The first flight of the Raider will take it from Palmdale to Edwards AFB, where the legacy of excellence will continue with the reactivation of the 420th Flight Test Squadron.”
The U.S. Air Force reported that the branch “continuously evaluates the B-21 program security posture with input from the intelligence community and is committed to maximizing transparency of key program information while balancing the need to protect vital technologies and capabilities from adversary exploitation.”
Donovan’s announcement came while he was speaking at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space, and Cyber Conference last Monday.
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