Sen. Rounds gives update on B-21 bomber coming to Ellsworth
BLACK HILLS, S.D. — Western South Dakota is closely watching the progress of the B-21 Raider, slated to land first at Ellsworth Air Force Base in the mid-2020s.
Senator Mike Rounds says construction at Ellsworth to prepare for the stealth bomber is scheduled to start in October. He adds that construction could be pushed to the summer of 2021, depending on available funding.
The B-21 is still in it’s development stage and has yet to be seen by the public, but the platform will expand the country’s strike platform and up it’s payload.
“For the Black Hills of South Dakota, this is a marvelous opportunity to feel very proud about defending our nation, but for the United States of America, this is a major step forward in a near pier competition with Russia and more importantly, China,” said Senator Mike Rounds.
The bomber will eventually replace the B-1 and B-2.