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US Air Force postponed the first flight of the new strategic bomber B-21 Raider

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US Air Force postponed the first flight of the new strategic bomber B-21 Raider

Northrop Grumman, which is developing the promising American strategic bomber B-21 Raider, has postponed the aircraft's first flight, moving them to 2022. Reported by Defense News.


According to the head of the United States Air Force's Accelerated Development Directorate, Randall Wyden, the decision to postpone the first flight of the B-21 was made jointly by the Air Force and Northrop Grumman. The reason for this was, first of all, delays in the supply of spare parts caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Thus, the start of flights of the new American strategist, originally scheduled for December 2021, is postponed to mid-2022.

The company is currently assembling the first two bomber samples, one of which will go to bench tests, and the second to flight tests.

The B-21 Raider has been in development for the US Air Force since 2015, when Northrop Grumman was awarded a contract to build it. The new bomber is based on the flying wing design. Its exact dimensions have not yet been disclosed, but it is known that it will be smaller than the American "strategist" B-2.

The US Air Force stressed that starting from the first flight model, the aircraft will receive systems and software for delivering nuclear strikes. However, in the first few years of service, the aircraft will not be certified for the transport and use of strategic weapons.

The United States Air Force Command expects the first B-21 Raider bombers to go into service in the middle of the 2020's. According to the available information, it is planned to purchase at least one hundred new aircraft, which should gradually replace the outdated strategic bombers B-52 Stratofortress and B-2 Spirit.
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  1. Vladimir_2U
    Vladimir_2U 20 January 2021 15: 46
    -2
    Correct me, but isn't the Merikatos flying over the Chinese artificial island, isn't it too bold a picture?
    1. hirurg
      hirurg 20 January 2021 16: 18
      +4
      ...... According to the head of the United States Air Force Accelerated Development Department ......
      It turns out there are such bosses too.
      Didn't justify the trust !!! Transfer the project to the head of the slow development department !!!!))))
      1. Thrall
        Thrall 20 January 2021 16: 21
        +3
        Quote: Vladimir_2U
        Are the Merikatos flying over a Chinese artificial island?

        Yes. Kagitingan reef
        It was:

        After:
  2. 501Legion
    501Legion 20 January 2021 15: 53
    +8
    The mattress also shifts the timing and nothing. Would write about Russia, would be different again
    1. VORON538
      VORON538 20 January 2021 16: 12
      +8
      Quite right! But, as they like to say, "this is something else" lol
    2. fa2998
      fa2998 20 January 2021 17: 32
      +1
      So after the B-1, they put into service the B-2, so they are going to test the B-21. After the Tu-160, only plans, pictures. hi
      1. El Chuvachino
        El Chuvachino 20 January 2021 23: 03
        +2
        If you draw such parallels, then draw them taking into account crises like the collapse of the USSR with all the problems arising from there. Breaking is always easier than building. It's more difficult to redo mistakes.
        1. fa2998
          fa2998 21 January 2021 18: 34
          0
          And you know what the United States cost at least one "mortgage crisis" - trillions of dollars, and nothing got out. They develop, build, and do not remember the "dashing" 90s every day. It's an excuse! hi hi
          1. El Chuvachino
            El Chuvachino 22 January 2021 09: 31
            0
            Comparing the incomparable again? The mortgage crisis in the USA and the geopolitical catastrophe in the USSR, well, well.
      2. zwlad
        zwlad 21 January 2021 08: 23
        0
        Do we urgently need aircraft similar to the B-2 or B-21?
        Something I very much doubt it.
    3. bk0010
      bk0010 21 January 2021 20: 27
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      Quote: 501Legion
      The mattress also shifts the timing and nothing. Would write about Russia, would be different again
      Everything is logical, what are you unhappy with? Or do you want to celebrate the failures of Russia and the successes of the states?
  3. Magic archer
    Magic archer 20 January 2021 15: 58
    +3
    B-2 is the most expensive aircraft in history. I wonder if Ryder will surpass him or not
    1. Oleg83
      Oleg83 20 January 2021 16: 11
      0
      Quote: Magic Archer
      B-2 is the most expensive aircraft in history. I wonder if Ryder will surpass him or not

      A couple of years ago they wrote that there will be a fixed price - 550 million per unit + inflation is likely
      1. Cowbra
        Cowbra 20 January 2021 16: 29
        +1
        They also wrote about the F-45 that it will cost 70 lemons. Recently, one grunted in the USA, it turned out that it costs 200. They love to write
        1. Flooding
          Flooding 20 January 2021 17: 05
          +1
          F-45 is that?
          1. Cowbra
            Cowbra 20 January 2021 17: 29
            -1
            This is a mistake) Fu-35, Kneishn
  4. AVA77
    AVA77 20 January 2021 16: 05
    +1
    The B-21 Raider doesn't make it on time, it's a bullshit question, you just need to speed up.
    Americans need to create a new Directorate to Accelerate the United States Air Force Accelerated Development Directorate wassat winked
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    2. pytar
      pytar 20 January 2021 17: 17
      +3
      Americans need to create a new Directorate to Accelerate the United States Air Force Accelerated Development Directorate

      Let them give the order to Elon Musk. He will make the plane cheaper, on time, and also electric! bully
  5. Lord of the Sith
    Lord of the Sith 20 January 2021 16: 10
    +4
    50 lard for R&D. A lot. And the cost of a unit is half a billion on paper, but it will be even more expensive in reality.
    We'll see what the Yankees have written.
    1. VORON538
      VORON538 20 January 2021 16: 13
      -3
      For them, nonsense, it will be necessary, more than one hundred billion dead presidents will be printed! hi
      1. Lord of the Sith
        Lord of the Sith 20 January 2021 16: 14
        +1
        hi
        Country-printing press laughing
    2. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 20 January 2021 16: 16
      +6
      What's the difference how much? This money will go to American companies, American scientists, American engineers and workers, they will invest it in the American economy, they will buy goods and services from American companies and citizens.
      1. Lord of the Sith
        Lord of the Sith 20 January 2021 16: 19
        -8
        Taking into account the unprecedented collapse of the economy, covids and so on, American scientists, engineers and workers are more likely to queue up for a free lunch, and the money will go to American moneybags, local fat cats.
        1. Runoway
          Runoway 20 January 2021 17: 11
          0
          Actually, Russia was described
        2. RUSS
          RUSS 20 January 2021 19: 35
          -6
          Quote: Lord of the Sith
          Taking into account the unprecedented collapse of the economy, covids and so on, American scientists, engineers and workers are more likely to queue up for a free lunch, and the money will go to American moneybags, local fat cats.

          Soviet tv news 1983
          1. Lord of the Sith
            Lord of the Sith 20 January 2021 23: 36
            -4
            Quote: RUSS
            Quote: Lord of the Sith
            Taking into account the unprecedented collapse of the economy, covids and so on, American scientists, engineers and workers are more likely to queue up for a free lunch, and the money will go to American moneybags, local fat cats.

            Soviet tv news 1983



            The Soviet Union and the 1983 news stayed in 1983.

            Welcome to the brave new world of 2021, with its merits and demerits.
  6. Old26
    Old26 20 January 2021 16: 12
    +8
    Quote: Magic Archer
    B-2 is the most expensive aircraft in history. I wonder if Ryder will surpass him or not

    It is created as a cheaper version of the B-2 with smaller dimensions.
    1. voronin
      voronin 20 January 2021 16: 18
      +18
      Quote: Old26
      It is created as a cheaper version of the B-2 with smaller dimensions.

      hi So it is, but smaller does not mean cheaper. Let's see how they manage to reduce the cost.
      1. dauria
        dauria 20 January 2021 17: 06
        +7
        Let's see how they manage to reduce the cost.

        In large series. This is not a strategist. This is a long range bomber. Akin to our Tu-16, Tu-22. Only more range. Previously, the USA did not give a damn about this class of cars. Now they needed it - a real narrow-eyed enemy appeared at sea. And from bases from Afgan to Australia it will easily work in China. And as a loitering interceptor will do, to defend your little land.
        1. OgnennyiKotik
          OgnennyiKotik 20 January 2021 17: 25
          +1
          Quote: dauria
          Now they needed it - a real narrow-eyed enemy appeared at sea.

          And the problem of range is solved by air refueling.
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  8. Old26
    Old26 20 January 2021 16: 21
    +6
    Quote: voronin
    Quote: Old26
    It is created as a cheaper version of the B-2 with smaller dimensions.

    hi So it is, but smaller does not mean cheaper. Let's see how they manage to reduce the cost.

    Well, for example, the smaller size of the new bomber is two engines instead of four. Already cheaper
  9. ioan-e
    ioan-e 20 January 2021 16: 22
    -4
    AHAHAHAHAHA These stupid aircraft builders can’t do anything, they always shift all deadlines to the right, and in general they have only cartoons around !!!!!!!!!!! This is Tupolev Design Bureau ...... like Tupolev, this is America! Well then, I'm sorry, THIS IS ANOTHER, IT IS NECESSARY TO UNDERSTAND! laughing
    1. Runoway
      Runoway 20 January 2021 17: 23
      -7
      You will laugh when you enter the series before PAKDA
      1. ioan-e
        ioan-e 20 January 2021 17: 26
        +2
        Quote: Runoway
        You will laugh when you enter the series before PAKDA

        Strange people have gathered here, the word sarcasm is probably completely unfamiliar to you, or do you really think that I'm chasing mattress mats?
        1. Sidor Amenpodestovich
          Sidor Amenpodestovich 20 January 2021 17: 36
          +3
          Quote: ioan-e
          Strange people have gathered here, the word sarcasm is probably completely unfamiliar to you, or do you really think that I'm chasing mattress mats?

          Gentlemen are not that bad with a sense of humor, they do not have it at all.
          1. ioan-e
            ioan-e 20 January 2021 18: 01
            +2
            Quote: Sydor Amenpospestovich
            Quote: ioan-e
            Strange people have gathered here, the word sarcasm is probably completely unfamiliar to you, or do you really think that I'm chasing mattress mats?

            Gentlemen are not that bad with a sense of humor, they do not have it at all.

            That's it! hi
  10. Cowbra
    Cowbra 20 January 2021 16: 27
    +1
    The program is already 20 years old, but no one is hysterical ... As with the Su-57)))
    1. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 20 January 2021 16: 36
      +1
      October 25 2016 of the year, the Office of Government Accountability published a report confirming the Air Force's decision to contract award Northrop Grumman LRS-B
      1. Cowbra
        Cowbra 20 January 2021 17: 28
        0
        The project of a new strategic bomber began to be discussed in the United States in the early 2000s. As a result, a list of requirements was formed and the program "2018 Bomber" was launched ("Bomber 2018"). The first flight of the new bomber was planned to take place in the mid-2010s, and by the end of the 2010s it was to be put into service.
    2. Asad
      Asad 20 January 2021 17: 01
      0
      Excuse me, since what year did you think so?
  11. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 20 January 2021 16: 33
    0
    The size does not affect the price! You will have to fight the costs of B-21 yourself, you cannot connect the recouped ones. The price will be amazing, as usual recently. bully
  12. rocket757
    rocket757 20 January 2021 17: 30
    0
    According to available information, it is planned to purchase at least one hundred new aircraft,

    Information is available .... then how it goes, we'll see.
  13. Krasnoyarsk
    Krasnoyarsk 20 January 2021 17: 57
    +2
    = The reason for this was, first of all, delays in the supply of spare parts caused by the coronavirus pandemic. =
    Generally, parts are being supplied for repair. And for the manufacture of a new one, components are supplied.
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  15. kursovik
    kursovik 20 January 2021 18: 05
    -1
    It's good that Americans have a lot of money (the machine prints babos), they can afford such expensive toys and the right to make mistakes.
    Russia has less money and there is no room for error in development either! So we are spinning on the brink and it turns out not bad with our modest military budget.
    And experience is the son of difficult mistakes and the genius of paradoxes friend .. A.S. Pushkin felt the Russian soul and opportunities if thunder breaks out .. hi
  16. Old26
    Old26 20 January 2021 19: 41
    +9
    Quote: Lord of the Sith
    Taking into account the unprecedented collapse of the economy, covids and so on, American scientists, engineers and workers are more likely to queue up for a free lunch, and the money will go to American moneybags, local fat cats.

    The US economy could collapse. But the military-industrial complex never. The Great Depression of the late 20s threw millions onto the streets. But military production was and remained. An archaeologist can and will stand behind a free lunch. An engineer from a factory where the same Tomahawks are made - no
  17. Lord of the Sith
    Lord of the Sith 20 January 2021 23: 32
    -2
    Quote: Runoway
    Actually, Russia was described


    I don’t write to my homeland, unlike some.
  18. Stranger03
    Stranger03 21 January 2021 12: 44
    -1
    As Wiki writes:
    The design cost of one bomber is $ 500-550 million

    If by the time the aircraft is created, its cost doubles, it will be already good :). Everything within the framework of a market economy, :)