B-21 Raider. When will they show us the most dangerous American plane?


Attempt number five



Having made its first flight in 1952, the B-52 strategic bomber after the planned remotorization will probably be able to serve until the 2050's. That is, almost a hundred years. The most amazing thing is that the Americans wanted to replace this now legendary car back in ... the 1950, in fact, almost immediately after it entered service in the 1955 year.

In the 1957 year, the U.S. Air Force accepted an offer from North American Aviation to replace the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress fleet with the ultra-fast North American XB-70 Valkyrie, capable of speeds of more than 3200 kilometers per hour. Soviet anti-aircraft missiles cooled the fervor of the Americans: after the downed scout U-2, it became obvious that speed and altitude were no longer a guarantee of security. Then the epic began with the B-1 bomber, the concept for which was changed several times. This aircraft faithfully served the United States Air Force, but never became a replacement for the B-52.

As the famous "strategist" Northrop B-2 Spirit did not become it - the most expensive aircraft in stories human civilization with a price tag of about two billion US dollars (in fact, one of the reasons why he did not replace old cars). The story did not end there. At different times, the US military considered a hypothetical hypersonic warplane that would become a “21st century bomber.” It didn’t work either: this initiative was postponed “for later”, and controlling the device at hypersonic speed is associated with fundamental technical problems, in particular, gigantic temperatures and “burnout” of electronics.


In 2000 they decided to act more modestly. Having finally abandoned the strike version of the F-22 - the so-called FB-22 - the states decided to focus on a relatively cheap subsonic strategic bomber. Based on the experience gained during the development and operation of the B-2. Here you can recall the history of F-22, developed during the Cold War and F-35, which appeared later. The new bomber is likely to have a similar story.

Most likely, the car will turn out to be a slightly reduced version of the B-2, and the flying wing aerodynamic design will be at the heart of the concept. Apparently, it will become universal for strategic bombers of the future. For the Russian PAK DA and the Chinese Xian H-20, according to the available information, this aerodynamic scheme was also chosen. Recall that we are talking about the layout of a tailless aircraft glider with a reduced fuselage, the role of which is played by a wing that carries all the units, as well as the crew and payload. The scheme is good in that the entire surface of the aircraft creates lift. Also, the "flying wing" almost perfectly fits into the concept of stealth, which is very important.

The promising aircraft being developed as part of the Long Range Strike Bomber or LRS-B program was called the B-21 "Raider", and not the B-3, as previously assumed (it is noteworthy that the Russian-language Wikipedia for some reason continues to persistently call it that). There is one more, no less strange thing: for some reason Boeing is indicated as a manufacturer. Although Northrop Grumman won the tender long ago, it is he who will create the new aircraft.


First flight


The fact that the creation of such a complex machine would take a lot of time and effort was understood initially. What is even more surprising is how quickly Northrop Grumman engineers move toward their goal. What do we know? It is known that the car has already begun to build. In September, Acting Secretary of the United States Air Force Matthew Donovan announced that the assembly of the first B-21 bomber flight model had begun. The car is being built at the 42nd US Air Force plant in California's Palmdale: B-2 aircraft were previously manufactured there. Donovan said that work is proceeding in accordance with the schedule, and the first flight of the aircraft will be performed from the site of the enterprise to aviation base "Edwards", located 35 kilometers. There the car will be tested.

But what is even more interesting. In July of this year, Air Force Magazine wrote that it knew the exact date of the first flight of the new car! The story is more than interesting. Journalists alluded to the deputy chief of staff of the US Air Force, General Stephen Wilson, who on July 24 of the year 2019 announced that he has a “countdown” function on his dial. And she says that the first flight of the B-21 will take place in approximately 863 days. That is, in early December 2021 year.

In general, such a rush is somewhat surprising. We can agree with experts: the United States has clearly accelerated the development of the B-21, which could very well turn into another “unfinished” building. Judge for yourself: there are no real combat missions for the aircraft, or we don’t know about them. F-15E is enough to participate in local conflicts, and the likelihood of a global conflict is negligible. And the role of strategic aviation in it is under a big question: States traditionally rely primarily on ballistic missile submarines (SLBMs) ​​UGM-133A Trident II (D5). There are land "Minutemen". In such a situation, the urgent need for a new aircraft is not entirely clear.

However, there are alternative views on the first flight of the B-21. Recently, the former high-ranking official of the US Department of Defense Frank Kendall, who previously served as Deputy Secretary of Defense for procurement, technology and logistics, doubted the timing of the first flight and the adoption of the aircraft into service. “I will be surprised if they manage to get the product at the price that is stated in the contract by this time,” Kendall said. It is also worth recalling that in 2018, a member of the US House of Representatives Committee on the Armed Forces Rob Wittman reported problems with air intakes and a number of other aircraft systems. It must be assumed that this is only the tip of the iceberg, and then new problems will let you know about yourself.


Armed and very dangerous


The adoption of the B-21 in service is an even less specific issue. Again, if we recall the F-35, we will see that more than fifteen years have passed between the first flight of the prototype and the adoption of the armament. In the case of a closer-to-destination B-2, the time period was ten years. In other words, the dates announced earlier in the media for adopting the B-21 for service in the middle of the 2020's do not look too realistic: all the more so since weapon since then clearly has not become simpler.

By the way, about the arsenal of Raider itself. Apparently, the United States wants to get an “advanced bomber.” In a recent article for Air Force Magazine, Major General Scott L. Pleus wrote that the aircraft would have new opportunities for self-defense. “The B-21 also has the ability to use air-to-air weapons,” the military said. Now experts are "guessing" whether it will be lasers, rockets or anything else. However, of course, to a greater extent, the aircraft will still rely on escort fighters.

Advanced hypersonic missiles can expand the composition of the B-21 weapons. Recall in the summer of this year were submitted Photo from tests of the promising Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) airborne hypersonic complex. Then, the carrier was B-52.


Who knows, perhaps the B-21 Raider will not be as “conservative” as it seems at first glance. If this is so, then the first flight and the adoption of the aircraft into service can be safely shifted indefinitely.
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  1. Thrifty 22 November 2019 06: 26 New
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    So, the United States began to make the plane much earlier than it was officially announced. .. Another thing, the price, I'm sure that it will increase at times from the declared, or is it not America then. ...
    1. Ka-52 22 November 2019 08: 28 New
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      So, the United States began to make the plane much earlier than it was officially announced. .. Another thing, the price, I'm sure that it will increase at times from the declared, or is it not America then. ...

      you just don’t know the procedures accompanying the development of new military equipment. In fact, several years may elapse from TK and TT to the appearance of prototypes that are presented to the R&D customer. Then, after the fundamental choice of the model (and the future manufacturer) a few more years before the creation of the current model. In total, it turns out that for the entire period of the creation of the aircraft, it takes 10-15 years. And then another test + start of production = another 5 years (± year) before the appearance of the first batches of combat aircraft already in the shelves. And then another refinement and modernization (as part of the equipment / armament was not ripe for the start of production)
      1. g1washntwn 22 November 2019 11: 26 New
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        They saw him for a long time. Now the problem is simply creeping up on the remotorization of the old B-52s (which competition is there without a sensible result?), And if the readiness of the old ones falls to an unacceptable level, and the new one will still be valued for improvements, what will the world think of exceptional ones? All, aless kaput. There is nothing to deliver democracy to.
  2. Zaurbek 22 November 2019 06: 55 New
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    How will the B21 be cheaper than the B2? I do not understand ! They shove it into it no less ... there is a stealth.
    1. g1washntwn 22 November 2019 11: 17 New
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      Dimensions. Less material to collect and restore expensive stealth coverage. Only this. Get to the desired amount of "options for the base model." ONLY BUSINESS.
      1. Zaurbek 22 November 2019 11: 40 New
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        The sizes will not pull a lot of money .... And the "brains" are the same or cooler ...
  3. Vladimir_2U 22 November 2019 07: 05 New
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    again, if we recall the F-35, we will see that more than fifteen years have passed between the first flight of the prototype and the adoption of the armament. In the case of a closer purpose B-2, the time period was ten years. “Technologies and aerodynamic design and layout have already been tested on the B-2, this alone reduces both the cost and the R&D time. Plus, the finished coating production line, and possibly the B-21, is simply a reduced B-2.
  4. rocket757 22 November 2019 07: 12 New
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    Shaw guessing, see ...
    It is clear that this will be another “wunderwaffle”, with big bells and it is not clear with what result.
    There the “penguin” is sawing slowly, when it becomes what was announced, it’s also not clear yet ... work is underway, research, it will not even end tomorrow!
  5. kudma 22 November 2019 07: 43 New
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    We will never see this bomber, he is invisible laughing
  6. Boris55 22 November 2019 10: 00 New
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    When will they show us the most dangerous American plane?

    Hollywood promised to show it on the wide screens of movie theaters around the world next year. laughing
    1. Crimean partisan 1974 22 November 2019 11: 12 New
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      Hollywood promised to show ........ interestingly and who will save the world, everything was previously predictable, the main character, the hero’s girl and whatever non-traditional sunflower seeds
  7. Gust 22 November 2019 10: 34 New
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    Quote: Vladimir_2U
    again, if we recall the F-35, we will see that more than fifteen years have passed between the first flight of the prototype and the adoption of the armament. In the case of a closer purpose B-2, the time period was ten years. “Technologies and aerodynamic design and layout have already been tested on the B-2, this alone reduces both the cost and the R&D time. Plus, the finished coating production line, and possibly the B-21, is simply a reduced B-2.

    The fact that the F-35 reduced F-22 helped him a lot in terms of time?
  8. gridasov 22 November 2019 10: 59 New
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    That's when the shape of the flying saucer and with flight parameters is an order of magnitude higher than the best modern models will be shown for everyone to see, then we can talk about the development of aviation
  9. voyaka uh 22 November 2019 12: 59 New
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    "However, of course, to a greater extent the plane will still be
    rely on escort fighters. "////
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    They are not.
    Only in a distant, unapproved project.
    1. IS-80_RVGK2 22 November 2019 13: 14 New
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      Quote: voyaka uh
      They are not.
      Only in a distant, unapproved project.

      Why is the F-35 bad? Anyway, why would he need long-range escort fighters?
      1. voyaka uh 22 November 2019 14: 05 New
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        The strategist enters the territory of the enemy to a great depth.
        And this strategist is stealth.
        The fighter accompanying him must:
        1) have a large radius of action,
        2) be stealth too
        3) be able to deal with high-speed interceptors.
        For items 2 and 3, F-22 is suitable
        According to paragraph 2 - F-35
        According to paragraph 3 - F-15
        But there is not one that fits all three points.
        1. Shopping Mall 24 January 2020 15: 06 New
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          The question is, with the advent of the B-21, it could be a sign of a change in the concept of war in the air. I believe that the appearance of laser weapons (LO) of self-defense, anti-missile defense, and the further improvement of electronic warfare equipment will affect this. This is a very real prospect of 2030, and maybe earlier.

          Those. a situation may arise when two fighters, with approximately equal ammunition and capabilities, fired all of their missiles in-in, mutually intercepted missiles in-in of the enemy with their anti-ballistic missiles and aircraft, and met with an empty ammunition.

          The dog landfill doesn’t work out due to the fact that the LO is induced much faster and stupidly burns the pilot, most likely both, and few people want it, so it is possible that after the exhaustion of the missiles, the opponents will simply run away.

          Another thing B-21 - visibility is comparable to a fighter, defensive aircraft can be put more powerful, ammunition is several times larger, the area of ​​the radar web is larger. It may well turn out that the enemy fighters will not have a chance against him, unless there are substantially more of them.

          So no matter how it happened the other way around, that the B-21 in the air defense configuration will guard the F-35s that will work on the ground.

          I examined this question in more detail:
          Laser weapons on combat aircraft. Is it possible to resist it?
          https://topwar.ru/161262-lazernoe-oruzhie-na-boevyh-samoletah-mozhno-li-emu-protivostojat.html
          и
          2050 year combat aircraft concept and weapons based on new physical principles
          https://topwar.ru/161314-koncept-boevogo-samoleta-2050-goda-i-oruzhie-na-novyh-fizicheskih-principah.html
          1. voyaka uh 24 January 2020 20: 03 New
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            Laser - maybe. They are going to put defensive weapons on Raider.
            It can be multi-directional explosives (shoot back without changing course)
            and lasers.
  10. Rwmos 22 November 2019 23: 46 New
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    Again, if we recall the F-35, then we will see that more than fifteen years have passed between the first flight of the prototype and the adoption of weapons.

    The namesake, when did they take him into service ?! There is a joke in that the installation party is already under 500, and the series are not visible in the waves, again the Ministry of Defense sent them laughing
    1. voyaka uh 23 November 2019 00: 06 New
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      "again the Ministry of Defense sent them" ///
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      The Pentagon drove itself to a standstill: did not complete the test buildings for
      "F-35 software inspections in a complex integrated theater of operations."
      What is it? - No one knows. laughing
      But because of this, the F-35 did not receive the status of "full combat readiness."
      By American standards, with the status of "initial combat readiness"
      allowed to form battle squadrons and send them into battle.
      What is being done. But with this status it is impossible to purchase equipment in large quantities.
      Therefore, although they ordered another 487 aircraft now, they divided them
      for lots of 100 pieces, approximately.
      For the manufacturer, this does not matter: he plows at full capacity for a year.
      1. Rwmos 23 November 2019 00: 48 New
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        "failed military tests" - what is it? The question is direct, and do not bandage again! Tests NOT - NOT passed
        1. voyaka uh 23 November 2019 11: 09 New
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          There were no such tests. Because there are no software test stands.
          And this problem is not Lockheed, but the Pentagon.
          1. Rwmos 25 November 2019 13: 27 New
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            There were no such tests.

            But this is a lie, Edwards air base, the Dutch, tripods. three seem squadrons, completed the nadysi - less than a month ago, did not pass state acceptance
  11. Saxahorse 22 November 2019 23: 52 New
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    Judging by the advertising, the new aircraft is in fact an inexpensive subsonic bomber with more or less advanced stealth elements. I see no reason why the states should not make such a trivial machine fast. Again, this is just an improved analogue of the B-52 .. I don’t understand where so much hype around this generally trivial car ..

    Mystery however :)
    1. chebman 23 November 2019 06: 18 New
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      Fast means cheap. Are you really sure that the main principle of the existence of the American military-industrial complex is to go to 0 in order to earn a living for doshirak?
  12. Serzh_R 23 November 2019 12: 34 New
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    If the goal of the United States is unification, then the replacement of B52 and B2 is foreseen due to a change in tactics and technologies of warfare. How often do we hear about the B52 and B2, but a lot about Stealth, UAVs and their sales. "Drone is better" - as one movie hero said ....
  13. gridasov 24 December 2019 14: 56 New
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    The real development of aviation technology relies only on engines of a new level. Everything else is secondary
  14. 75 Sergey 9 February 2020 11: 18 New
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    Interestingly, and passenger and cargo planes, according to the scheme of a flying wing, why not?
    1. Liam 9 February 2020 11: 19 New
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      Quote: 75Sergey
      Interestingly, and passenger and cargo planes, according to the scheme of a flying wing, why not?

      And 300 passenger seats where to place? In the wing or in the bomb bay?