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The B-21 Raider is the first new American bomber in over 30 years.

The B-21 bomber was unveiled on Friday. Courtesy of Northrop Grumman

The Air Force on Friday unveiled the first new American stealth bomber in decades, after years of secret development.

The B-21 Raider is a sixth-generation aircraft intended to serve as the backbone of the US fleet amid increasingly difficult relations with China and Russia.

The sleek stealth bomber made by Northrop Grumman made its public debut at an Air Force facility in Palmdale, California.

Friday’s event was the first time since 1988 that a new American bomber was unveiled to the public.

The plane’s first flight is scheduled for 2023, although the actual timing depends on ground test results, Northrop Grumman said.

Six B-21 test planes are currently being assembled at the Palmdale, Calif., site, according to the aerospace and defense builder.

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