Numerous Chinese publications have downplayed the viability of the new B-21 Raider. Some articles suggest that the US cannot afford a sufficient number of bombers to make a significant impact in a conflict with China.


This article by David Roza, writing for Air & Space Forces Magazine, makes the following points:
  • The views help give US policymakers an indication of how China perceives the US’ future airpower.
  • One publication suggested the bomber’s primary purpose was to force opponents to waste resources developing countermeasures.
  • Another publication argued the B-21’s stealth capabilities were not advanced enough to infiltrate modern radar systems.


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