America's secretive $745M nuclear bomber takes flight in first aerial test trends now

America's secretive $745M nuclear bomber takes flight in first aerial test trends now

New images show America's highly secret, $745-million stealth nuclear bomber taking to the air for what is apparently its first, publicly acknowledged, flight test.

The B-21 Raider was unveiled in December 2022, but the US government has so far been discreet about showing off this cutting-edge, radar-evading aircraft.

The sleek bomber was shown flying for the first time as it undergoes flight testing, in pictures released Wednesday, one crucial step before a minimum first order of 100 of these stealth craft can be approved for manufacture.

The B-21 has been described as a 'dual-capable bomber' — able to launch both conventional and nuclear ordinance.

This photo, released by the US Air Force on 22 May 2024, shows a B-21 Raider conducting ground testing, taxiing and flying operations at Edwards Air Force Base in California

This photo, released by the US Air Force on 22 May 2024, shows a B-21 Raider conducting ground testing, taxiing and flying operations at Edwards Air Force Base in California

The US Air Force's B-21 stealth bomber aircraft is touted to be virtually 'invisible' to all enemy stealth radars and will included the latest features in military tech

The US Air Force's B-21 stealth bomber aircraft is touted to be virtually 'invisible' to all enemy stealth radars and will included the latest features in military tech

This month, during testimony at the Senate Armed Services committee, Andrew Hunter, the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, asserted that the B-21's flight testing is currently on schedule.

'We are in the flight test program, the flight test program is proceeding well,' he said.

'It is doing what flight test programs are designed to do, which is helping us learn about the unique characteristics of this platform, but in a very, very effective way.'

Assistant Secretary Hunter later explained that this is the first aircraft that is more digital than not, which contributes to the program meeting requirements.

The United States Air Force's new stealth bomber was caught in action for the first time by eagle-eyed plane spotters last November, but made a more official test flight this May

The United States Air Force's new stealth bomber was caught in action for the first time by eagle-eyed plane spotters last November, but made a more official test flight this May 

The B-21 is a long-range, highly survivable, penetrating strike stealth bomber that will incrementally replace the B-1 and B-2 bombers and will play a major role supporting national security objectives and assisting US allies and

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