Thanks to some new reporting by , we know that the long testing and development program for the B-21 stealth fighter will happen at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Brigadier General Carl Schaefer of 412th Test Wing at Edwards quietly snuck in the announcement over the weekend.
The project to build a successor to the B-2 Spirit was originally called just the Long Range Striker Bomber. Then Northrop Grumman won the contract and announced in 2016 it would be called the B-21 Raider. Since then we've been waiting for more concrete news about the plane's development schedule, and hearing rumors circulating that the clandestine project was flight testing at Area 51.
Tyler Rogoway at The Drive :
The last time I was at Edwards, roughly five years ago, it was clear that the South Base installation was undergoing a major transition. The USAF's B-52 and B-1 bomber test units had relocated to the expansive primary apron and South Base had been vacated, aside from the B-2 test unit, so that it could be prepared for a shadowy new program.
Edwards makes sense for this project, as the B-2 was also tested here and Northrop just added a million square feet of space to its Plant 42 factory, which is located just 20 miles away. The B-21 still has years of testing ahead of it, both on the ground and in the air. But this bit of news means we're that much closer to an official rollout of the Raider.