The Long Range Strike Bomber, often known as the B-21, is depicted in this undated artist rendering released by the United States Air Force.
The B-21 Raider won’t take flight for the first time until the next year. Using a virtual counterpart, Northrop Grumman has been evaluating its performance.
On November 16, 2022, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, after a fictitious Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin addresses the media.
According to Northrop Grumman, the B-21 Raider would serve as a “visible and adaptable deterrent” in the country’s strategic triad.
The U.S. Air Forceunv B-21 Raider will be unveiled by the military on Friday in Palmdale, California.
Artist representations suggest that the B-21 Raider resembles the B-2 Spirit and is the first brand-new American bomber aircraft in more than three decades. Almost all aspects of the programme are classified.
The debut of the most recent nuclear stealth bomber, according to the aircraft’s maker Northrop Grumman, will be the first time the general public will see a sixth-generation aircraft
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Nuclear ballistic missiles launched from silos and warheads launched from submarines make up the nuclear triad.
The Associated Press was informed by Kathy Warden, CEO of Northrop Grumman, that the B-21 has very sophisticated operation.
The business claimed that by utilising agile software development, cutting-edge manufacturing methods, digital engineering tools, and cloud technologies, it is optimised for the high-end threat environment.
According to Northrop Grumman, ongoing efforts are being made to ensure that the B-21 “will overcome the anti-access, area-denial systems it will encounter.”
Warden stated that the bomber will be more stealthy and a little bit smaller than the B-2 but was unable to go into detail about the specifics of those technologies.
According to some defence analysts, additional modifications may include the adoption of new propulsion technology, improved materials used in coatings to make the bomber harder to detect, and new techniques for regulating electronic emissions.
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The Air Force intends to construct 100 B-21 Raiders, which may be used with or without a crew, despite the fact that only six are currently in production.
Although it was anticipated that the bombers would cost roughly $550 million each in 2010 currency, or about $750 million now after adjusting for inflation, the price is still unknown, and the Raider won’t take off until next year.
The business has been employing a virtual clone to test its performance.
Since the contract was granted in 2015, Northrop Grumman has put together a group of more than 8,000 people from the corporation, business associates, and the Air Force, made up of more than 400 suppliers from 40 different states.
On Friday, the bomber will be unveiled in front of the public, with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and other invited guests present.
In 2015, Deborah Lee James, the secretary of the Air Force, stated that “we required a new bomber for the twenty-first century that would allow us to take on far more difficult threats, like the ones that we worry we will one day face from China and Russia.” “The B-21 can handle these considerably more complex threats because it is more resilient.”
Contributors to this report included Reuters and The Associated Press.
Today, The US Air Force Introduces The B-21 Raider Stealth Bomber. This Is What We Do Know.
According to one description, the aircraft is “the most sophisticated military aircraft ever created.”
Today, the United States Air Force will reveal its brand-new B-21 Raider stealth bomber (Dec. 2).
The B-21 Raider, which Northrop Grumman, the aircraft’s builder, refers to as “the most advanced combat aircraft ever built,” is the Air Force’s first brand-new bomber in more over 30 years. An Air Force spokesperson told Air Force Magazine that while the stealthy jet will be presented at the invitation-only, well guarded event, the aircraft isn’t anticipated to fly for the first time until 2023.
According to Northrop Grumman, the B-21 Raider is the “world’s first sixth-generation aircraft,” which refers to its level of technological complexity in comparison to other aircraft. The B-21 stands out from other production aircraft in terms of its digital capabilities and its capacity to conduct crewed or uncrewed operations, even if the criteria for what constitutes a sixth-generation aircraft are still being developed. Both nuclear and conventional weapons will be deployable by the bomber.
Even after the B-21 takes to the air for the first time, there is still plenty that is unclear about the jet’s capabilities. Nevertheless, prior to its introduction, some information was made public. The B-21 will have “advanced networking capabilities,” according to a Northrop Grumman fact sheet published on Nov. 29. This likely means that the stealth bomber will be able to coordinate and communicate with other assets such as satellites, ground stations, and other aircraft, possibly even unmanned long-distance “wingman drones” designed specifically for the B-21.
The B-21 Raider’s stealth capabilities are most likely its most innovative feature. The specific stealth systems the bomber will have are unknown because they are among the most sensitive and classified weapons in the inventory of the United States military. The corporation is “continuously improving technology, adopting new manufacturing techniques and materials to assure the B-21 will overcome the anti-access, area-denial weapons it will face,” Northrop Grumman has stated clearly.
The software employed in the B-21’s manufacture as well as on the aircraft itself accounts for a large portion of its sophistication. Its creator refers to it as a “digital bomber” since a large portion of its design and construction were carried out utilising a software-based “digital twin” to help down production costs.
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The Raider will also include an open software architecture that will facilitate the future easy integration of new technologies and capabilities.
The daring Lt. Col. James “Jimmy” Doolittle-led raid on Japan in April 1942 that helped tilt the Pacific theatre of World War Two in the allied forces’ favour inspired the name “B-21 Raider” for the aircraft.
Six B-21s are currently being assembled and tested by Northrop Grumman at its Palmdale facility. According to the Air Force, each nuclear-capable B-21 Raider will cost about $692 million to purchase.
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