Peep at the B-21 Raider and possible role in the South China Sea.

The B-21 Raider is the next-generation strategic stealth bomber that will replace both the B-1 and B-2. The B-52 in service in service with the USAF since 1955 will remain serving as a bomb truck or arsenal plane while the B-21 will fly conventional and nuclear strike missions.

It has been estimated around 100 B-21s will be acquired according to a new release that will make the B-21 the most important strategic aircraft in the US inventory.

Due to start service in the mid 2020’s the B-21, some estimate will be smaller than the B-2A, running approximately two-thirds the size and weight of the older bomber, likely to have a longer range, more powerful, carry more with wider range of ordinance, and have better countermeasures.

Intended to be part of America's nuclear triad, three options for nuclear strike. Aircraft-carried bombs and missiles, ground-based ballistic missiles, and submarine-based ballistic missiles.

“Nuclear modernisation presently a top priority for the Department of Defence and the USAF, and the B-21 is key to that plan,” says Randall Walden, air force rapid capabilities office director.”

Both Russia and China have intimated they are willing to use ‘limited nuclear options’ and the US is responding. China’s increasing belligerence over the S China sea is showing up a possible imbalance in Western forces in that area and the B-21 may well play a major part in redressing that situation.