The Air Force debuted its newest stealth ʙᴏᴍʙᴇʀ, the B-21 Raider, on Friday in Palmdale, California. Northrop Grumman stated in the statement that the B-21 was designed with long-term sustainability and maintainability in mind. It has also been intended to be swiftly updated should future threats demand it, a procedure that is frequently impeded by bureaucratic red tape and delayed timetables in older military planes and vehicles.
Maintenance and sustainment of the B-21 will be coordinated by Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, while Edwards Air Force Base, California, will lead testing and evaluation. The B-21 is expected to operate from bases that currently host heavy bombers, such as Dyess Air Force Base, Texas; Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota; and Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. In March 2019, Ellsworth was selected as the base to host the first operational B-21 unit and the first training unit.