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Bomber B-2: failure for 2 billion dollars

Northrop B-2 "Spirit" - one of the most controversial and expensive aircraft in the world aviation. Called to bypass the enemy’s air defenses due to its “invisibility”, it was never used for its intended purpose, which caused endless debate about the practical use of the stealth technology.

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  1. NEXUS
    NEXUS 2 December 2017 12: 29 New
    And already there is a draft strategist B-3 ... and what its price will be a very big question. And judging by the latest projects, starting with the Raptor, such scams are not very cheap for US taxpayers.
  2. Dead duck
    Dead duck 2 December 2017 12: 46 New
    Here people are sawing money .... Serdyukov resting laughing
  3. turbris
    turbris 2 December 2017 15: 30 New
    But still, the device is very interesting in layout, albeit very expensive, given its large payload, as a carrier of cruise missiles is very decent. But why was it to be made “invisible” if it was designed for operations only outside of the air defense zones at subsonic speed, the developers were good at it.
    1. antivirus
      antivirus 3 December 2017 11: 44 New
      there is a supply of money - conducted research, got results.
      TU144, Concords and others in the world were. there were many different lotions in each generation and a separate design. somewhere there are failures, but the mattresses have enough money.
  4. ImPerts
    ImPerts 2 December 2017 16: 21 New
    From 500 million to 2 billion. It turns out this is an old disease, not only with us)))
  5. vlad007
    vlad007 2 December 2017 18: 19 New
    It is unclear what the “flying wing” scheme gives in comparison with the classical scheme with vertical elements - was the game worth the candle?
    1. turbris
      turbris 2 December 2017 21: 17 New
      The "flying wing" scheme provides advantages in terms of payload, and handling is said to be improving, but there are drawbacks. This is not a new scheme; the Germans during the war still had something similar in development. And in the USA, I don’t remember now, but there were flying vehicles according to this scheme.
      1. Bronevick
        Bronevick 3 December 2017 13: 32 New
        Manageability is just getting worse, due to the lack of a tail rudder. It is controlled only by the mechanization of the wing. It is not very agile, but the bomb load is high.
      2. t7310
        t7310 4 December 2017 23: 45 New
        XP-79B and Horten 229
  6. misti1973
    misti1973 3 December 2017 23: 35 New
    This is nothing machine. But a garbage can called F-117 is definitely a failure!
    1. turbris
      turbris 4 December 2017 10: 24 New
      A terribly scary plane with subsonic speed and 4 bombs, a bunch of restrictions when piloting, it was not in vain that it was removed from service. But it was he who doubted it, when implementing the idea of ​​"invisibility" - absolute nonsense on which fabulous money is spent. In this case, ground-based air defense systems are much cheaper; it is easier to develop ground-based air defense systems that will destroy these "invisibles" than to develop and create the "invisibility" itself.
  7. Terenin
    Terenin 7 December 2017 18: 24 New
    I realized that this powerful container can only be used in perfect weather, an ideal take-off and landing strip and so that no one dares interfere with beautifully dropping bombs ...