Northrop Grumman Corp. is building five next-generation stealth bombers at its plant in Palmdale, Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall said on Sept. 20.

Speaking at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference, Kendall said the investment in the new stealth bomber, which is called the B-21 Raider, addresses his number one priority to continuously deter and defeat threats.

“We have a nationwide industry team who has shown tremendous dedication and grit over the past 18 months,” said Doug Young, vice president and general manager of Northrop’s Strike Division, in a statement. “Combined with our extensive collaboration and transparency with our Air Force customer, and the success we’ve had in bringing digital tools into our design and production processes, the B-21 program is leading the way in many respects.”

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