Monday, March 7, 2016

21st century's first bomber

Formally designated B-21 signifying the aircraft as the 21st century's first bomber.

The new B-21 aircraft is a long-range strategic bomber for the U.S. Air Force. The program was initiated in 2014, with contracting being awarded to Northrop Grumman (B-2 Spirit).

Oh, and it looks lot like B-2.

B-21 will cost about 700million a piece. U.S. Airforce needs around 200 of these and expects 100 to be in operation by 2020. I gotta say, tight schedule. 

Ofcourse the new nbomber will be stealth and more.

This aircraft is no ordinary bomber. Even though it's primary purpose is long-range strategic bomber; it will also be designed to these three things:

1. Intelligence gatherer: basically a surveillance aircraft like SR-71 A Blackbird or U-2. It would have all high grade surveillance sensors.

2. Battle Manager: coordination, commands, guidance and direction in any battle environment just like an Northrop Grumman E-8. 

3. Interceptor Aircraft: I am little skeptical about this. Interceptor aircrafts engage in dogfights. Can a long range bomber engage in a fight like that? Only time will tell.

Thanks for reading guys.



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