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US unveils new $700 million nuclear bomber

US unveils new $700 million nuclear bomber


The United States has introduced its latest high-tech strategic bomber - the B-21 Raider - which is capable of carrying a nuclear payload and can fly without a crew on board.

The next-generation stealth bomber was launched at weapons manufacturer Northrop Grumman's facility in California during a spectacular ceremony attended by top US officials, reports Al Jazeera .

The US Air Force plans to buy at least 100 B-21s, which comes with a price tag of $700 million per aircraft.

The discovery of the new bombers comes at a time of heightened geopolitical tensions between the US, Russia and China amid the war in Ukraine and Taiwan's territorial integrity.

Russian and Chinese strategic bombers flew a joint eight-hour patrol over the western Pacific on Wednesday in a show of continued military cooperation between the two countries.

China's Defense Ministry called the mission a "routine" effort in strengthening defense ties with Russia.

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