Air Force Chief of Staff: B-21 Raider launch will be a historic moment
The Air Force said the B-21 Raider is a long-range attack stealth bomber. With an integrated design of wings and fuselage and a modern stealth coating, the Raider is expected to bypass the most modern radars today. In addition, aerodynamic designs also improve the breakthrough ability and survival chances for the Raider on the battlefield. The Raider will gradually replace the B-1 and B-2 bombers.
“Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q Brown Jr. said, “The unveiling of the B-21 Raider will be a historic moment for our Air Force and the nation.” He added, We last introduced a new bomber over 30 years ago. As we look to the threats posed by our pacing challenge; we must continue to rapidly modernize. The B-21 Raider will provide formidable combat capability across a range of operations in highly contested environments of the future.”
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has repeatedly emphasized that the CCP is the U.S.’s top most pressing challenge.
The Air Force said it is investing in the aircraft’s long-range strike capabilities as part of seven operational imperatives to deter U.S. adversaries and win the battle.
The Air Force press release said, “We must invest in long-range strike capabilities in a competitive environment by combining B-21 bombers with communications systems, advanced sensors, and a variety of weapons and support systems.”
Andrew Hunt, assistant secretary of the Air Force for Technology and Logistics, said, “The B-21 program is a powerful example of America’s long experience with fielding advanced military technology through an innovative, adaptable and efficient defense industrial base.”
What are the advantages of the B-21 Raider?
The U.S. Air Force has been working with Northrop Grumman since at least 2015 on their long-range attack bomber project. Before that, this plan was kept strictly confidential. The B-21 is designed with an open systems architecture that enables rapid adoption of mature technology and allows the aircraft to remain efficient as threats change.
The Raider is designed as a stealthy, dual-penetrating bomber capable of delivering both conventional munitions and nuclear weapons. In addition, it can use a variety of backup weapons and direct attack ammunition.
It can fly from the U.S. and hit Chinese or Russian targets destroying command and control centers and air defense systems. Bombers can also be deployed on Guam with nuclear weapons to deter China and North Korea.
The B-21 can drop lethal weapons and ammunition around the world within 24 hours through a connection between U.S. domestic bases and overseas bases, performing missions, shoot down, intercept, or launch nuclear attacks.
B-21 Raider will take the lead in the US-China war
The frequency of U.S. Navy Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea has increased significantly in recent years. The increase in U.S. activity in the Pacific can be directly traced to China’s aggressive behavior in the region.
On December 7, 2021, the online edition of the U.S. political and diplomatic journal National Interest published an article titled “China Should Be Very Worried About the B-21 Raider.” The article states that the Raider will have a global strike capability, and it is likely to take the lead in high-altitude conflicts with countries like China.
The article claims that the U.S. Navy is working hard to confront China in the Pacific, and it is possible that it is the Raider that will really shake up the situation. Chinese radar will not be able to detect the Raider. And that is the exact advantage that the U.S. Air Force can use to help free the world from the oppression of the Chinese Communist Party. The Raider promises to be the most advanced stealth bomber ever built.
The F-35Cs can also avoid detection when approaching missile platforms on the Chinese coast, but they are not capable of approaching, destroying the target, and returning to the aircraft carrier while the B-21 can almost certainly do this.
The obvious value that the B-21 brings lies in its combat capabilities. It makes it possible for the United States to check and balance diplomacy, the article said. With weapons like the B-21, the United States makes its opponents more cautious before launching conflicts, in order to avoid a collision with the United States.
Of course, if U.S.-China relations deteriorate and they go to war, the U.S. will most likely not want to deploy troops in China, and instead, it may continue the battle at sea, preventing a Chinese advance and use stealth aircraft like the B-21 to disrupt China’s anti-ship capabilities in the first place, then get close enough to the Chinese coast to start sending attack planes aimed at crippling China’s military and industrial infrastructure.
At the end of August, Australian air force commander Air Marshal Robert Chipman said Washington was ready to negotiate with Canberra to allow the Australian air force to purchase B-21 attack bombers under development, to accelerate Australia’s acquisition of the long-range strike weapon that will give Australia the aviation capability it has lacked for decades.
China has criticized Australia’s purchase of the B-21 as a threat. Chinese military commentator Song Zhongping told the Global Times, “Since the B-21 is a long-range stealth bomber capable of intercontinental flight, it could pose a serious threat for China.” The website Popular Mechanics previously reported that, should conflict break out in the Taiwan Strait, during the early stages of the Chinese Communist Party’s invasion of Taiwan, the B-21 can fly in front of China’s S-400 air defense system and can quickly install attack mines in the Taiwan Strait. This could become a major threat to the Chinese fleet passing through the Taiwan Strait.