BLUFB-21 names the Raider after the Doolittle Raiders, the implication being that distance is no protection against the B-21.
Stephen Losey writing in the US magazine Defense News makes the following points:
- Dubbed the Raider after the famous Doolittle Raiders who conducted a long-distance strategically successful raid on Tokyo in 1942.
- The strategic value of the Doolittle Raid was that in WW2 it showed the Japanese that they were vulnerable to attack—no matter the distance.
- Northrop Grumman's President claimed the B-21 was the world's first sixth-generation aircraft because of its advanced stealth capabilities.
- Can carry nuclear or conventional weapons.
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