By Jonathan Chadwick For Mailonline
Published: 13:54 GMT, 3 February 2020 | Updated: 13:54 GMT, 3 February 2020
Artistic renders have revealed the US Air Force's top secret $600 million B-21 Raider stealth bomber.
The graphics, released by the US Air Force and manufacturer Northrop Grumman, show the B-21 Raider concept inserted into a photo of a hangar at Dyess, Air Force Base, Texas.
The long-range stealth bomber is expected to come into service in 2025 and will be capable of delivering conventional and theromonuclear weapons.
Thermonuclear bombs, or H-bombs, provide enormous explosive power resulting from chain reactions between isotopes of hydrogen under high temperatures.
The new aircraft will be able to drop thermonuclear bombs on surface targets with greater precision while avoiding detection.
Artist rendering of a B-21 Raider concept in a hangar at Whiteman, Air Force Base, Missouri, one of the future bases to host the new airframe
‘The B-21 Raider will be capable of penetrating the toughest defenses to deliver precision strikes anywhere in the world, playing a vital role in America’s national security,’ said Northrop Grumman.
B-21 Raider ‘will support America's defense strategy by forming the backbone of the Air Force's future strike and deterrent capabilities’, according to the US Secretary of Defense.
The W-shaped aircraft will complement existing Rockwell B-1 Lancer, Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, and Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber fleets in US service and eventually replace these bombers.
Renders provided by the US Air Force show the new, secret $600 million B-21 Raider stealth bomber's sleek frame and landing gear
It will operate out of Dyess, Air