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Correspondents at the presentation of the strategic bomber B-21 Raider in the United States were forbidden to use the iPhone and take photos from certain angles

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Correspondents at the presentation of the strategic bomber B-21 Raider in the United States were forbidden to use the iPhone and take photos from certain angles

The new U.S. B-2 Raider stealth bomber was unveiled at the Northrop Grumman show on Friday, December 2022, 21 in Palmdale, California. The correspondents of TV channels and newspapers who gathered for the presentation were strictly warned about the observance of certain rules. After all, the entire program of the strategic bomber is strictly classified. About how the presentation went and what bans were put forward for correspondents and photographers, Defense News writes.


Thus, requirements were put forward for photographs taken by photojournalists of publications at the exhibition. According to the Air Force command, the security requirements were aimed at protecting technologies from possible recognition from photographs and video frames. Representatives from the US Department of the Air Force worked with the Northrop Grumman corporation, which organized the event, and indicated what was allowed to be photographed and filmed and what was not.

Interestingly, more than three decades ago, the presentation of the then new B-2 Spirit bomber was much more open, as veteran American journalists recall. This time, visitors to the exhibition could enter it only through the turnstiles, and all the fences were covered with barbed wire.

For security reasons, the presentation ceremony of the bomber began in the evening, when it was already dark. The plane was illuminated by blue light and some kind of artificial fog; the organizers of the exhibition did not begin to take it out of the hangar completely. According to Defense News, Heritage Foundation expert John Venable, such an entourage was necessary precisely for security reasons.

When the US Air Force published a photo of the new bomber this morning, it became clear that its skin had a lighter hue compared to what visitors to the exhibition could see. Apparently, special lighting at the presentation aimed to hide the true color of the aircraft's skin. The back of the bomber was also not shown to the public.

Venable believes this level of secrecy will continue for the foreseeable future. But this is even good, the expert noted, predicting that the Air Force will try to keep the features of the new stealth bomber secret for as long as they can.

In addition to protecting the aircraft itself, the organizers of the event put forward strict requirements for the press. So, the iPhone, smart watches, and other mobile devices with high-resolution cameras were banned. Correspondents were forced to turn off their devices and hand them over to Northrop Grumman security personnel. Devices were returned back only outside the presentation venue.

An uncompromising limitation was set on the size of the camera lens at 50 millimeters, which meant there was no way to enlarge the view of the aircraft. The cameras had to be mounted on tripods exactly at a certain height.

Venable thinks the height requirement was probably set so that no images were made that would reveal nuances to the top or bottom surfaces of the bomber.
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  1. Nexcom
    Nexcom 6 December 2022 12: 11
    +10
    If such secrecy, then what for did they show it at all then? They would have shown a layout approximately similar to the original (and whoever understands the layout is showing it or the original) - all the same, the original was not rolled out and was not given a close look.

    PS Another "carrier of democracy" objectionable countries ....
    1. Smoker
      Smoker 6 December 2022 12: 27
      0
      The most interesting thing about this aircraft is in the tail .. or what is called the tail of an aircraft with a similar wing. from this - all the proposed technical parameters will become more or less clear to specialists ...
      I would like to know the volume of internal space for ammunition (there are no external ones), I see two dviglas, they need fuel - what is the area of ​​\uXNUMXb\uXNUMXbthe wing? - the flight range (estimated), dviglis - most likely specialists assume their power - special services are working ...
      In short - the manufacturer had the right to hide some of the technical nuances from the public ..
      1. Nexcom
        Nexcom 6 December 2022 12: 36
        +1
        There is a man in the photo. If we assume that his height is 1m 70cm (average male height), then here is a scale standard for you in the photo - like a "ruler". The approximate wingspan can be estimated with an accuracy of 1-2 meters. It turns out that one wing has an approximate length of 10-11 meters.
        1. Smoker
          Smoker 6 December 2022 12: 37
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          A man is standing on the podium and at a decent distance from the plane ... a play of light .. xs, what can one assume there.

          You estimated the length - what is the area? not for nothing that they were allowed to take pictures only at a certain angle, subject to the height of the photographing camera ... and other restrictions ..
          1. Nexcom
            Nexcom 6 December 2022 12: 40
            -1
            Yes, at least on what the man is standing - do not take into account the height of the podium and that's it.

            With a wing area from such an angle, the photo will not work even approximately to estimate unfortunately ... request
            1. Smoker
              Smoker 6 December 2022 12: 43
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              Okay, so how far away from the plane is the guy making the speech?
              1. Nexcom
                Nexcom 6 December 2022 12: 45
                0
                it is located at a distance of about 7-9 meters from the aircraft.
                1. Smoker
                  Smoker 6 December 2022 12: 53
                  0
                  Oops... here are the specs from the media:
                  Wingspan: 50 m
                  Length: 20 m
                  Height: 5 m
                  Cruising speed: 750 km / h.
                  Maximum speed: 1 010 km / h
                  Maximum flight height: 15000 m
                  Maximum flight range: 11 km
                  Cost: 500 USD
                  Read more at: https://avia.pro/blog/b-21-raider-tehnicheskie-harakteristiki-foto
                  1. Nexcom
                    Nexcom 6 December 2022 12: 59
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                    if he has one wing of 50 meters, he won’t fit into any runway in width ....
                    1. Smoker
                      Smoker 6 December 2022 13: 05
                      0
                      Quote: Nexcom
                      if he has one wing of 50 meters, he won’t fit into any runway in width ....

                      He only has one wing!!! The scheme is a flying wing!

                      1. Nexcom
                        Nexcom 6 December 2022 13: 52
                        0
                        there is still a left plane and a right plane.
                      2. Letun
                        Letun 6 December 2022 14: 47
                        0
                        Quote: Nexcom
                        there is still a left plane and a right plane.

                        Throw off at least one link, where in the performance characteristics of the aircraft there will be "span of the right (or left) plane" lol
                      3. Nexcom
                        Nexcom 6 December 2022 15: 21
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                        I don't have those links. usually indicate the wingspan. if I don't confuse anything. a wingspan of 50 meters as given above - you can imagine the width of the runway for this plane to fit there.
                      4. Letun
                        Letun 6 December 2022 16: 41
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                        Quote: Nexcom
                        a wingspan of 50 meters as given above - you can imagine the width of the runway for this plane to fit there.

                        Technically, a monoplane, which includes the B-21, has one wing. It consists of a right and left plane (or console). A biplane, for example An-2, has two wings. And when the wing span is written in the performance characteristics of an aircraft, it is meant precisely from the tip of the right plane to the tip of the left plane. Giving a span of one plane, well, it's just stupid, as if you were buying a TV and you were told the width of its diagonal divided by two wink
                  2. Zefr
                    Zefr 6 December 2022 13: 05
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                    Well I do not know. In my opinion, some dead characteristics.
                    1. Smoker
                      Smoker 6 December 2022 13: 16
                      +1
                      The bet was made on the fact that this is the first bomber with a network-centric control system, although such an option is provided only in aircraft of the sixth generation.
                      Well, the bomb load has increased with the possibility of using hypersonic weapons .. actually, as I understand it, the B-2 was modernized, slightly altered for hypersonic ...
                    2. Letun
                      Letun 6 December 2022 14: 48
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                      Quote: Zefr
                      Well I do not know. In my opinion, some dead characteristics.

                      Well, if in YOUR opinion the characteristics are dead, then the plane is 100 pounds, guano. In short, we part, there is nothing to talk about laughing
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  2. Battle Toads
    Battle Toads 6 December 2022 12: 13
    +2
    Wangyu that the modernized version of the Swan will easily surpass this, hardly combat-ready, trough drinks
    1. Jcvai
      Jcvai 6 December 2022 12: 27
      0
      Why spit out the 160th if there is 40H6? :)
  3. kor1vet1974
    kor1vet1974 6 December 2022 12: 16
    +2
    And no one was indignant, such a violation of human rights by the company .. And they kept silent .. smile
  4. alexey sidykin
    alexey sidykin 6 December 2022 12: 18
    -2
    It looks like another scam ... it's too secret there, much less publicity, so mom don't worry. And here...
  5. Guran33 Sergey
    Guran33 Sergey 6 December 2022 12: 25
    +2
    Advertising move apparently the price bites even for the USA
  6. Graz
    Graz 6 December 2022 12: 26
    -2
    in my opinion, this is bullshit, they rolled out a plastic layout and only
  7. rocket757
    rocket757 6 December 2022 12: 27
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    Correspondents at the presentation of the strategic bomber B-21 Raider in the United States were forbidden to use the iPhone and take photos from certain angles
    Okay... big secret for a small company like that.
  8. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 6 December 2022 12: 28
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    On the one hand, such secrecy seems to be understandable, but on the other hand, why then start a presentation? Maybe they just don’t want quick reporters to see a complete resemblance to the B-2 with excellent photo resolution? (This is a question, not a statement)
  9. Vasilyevich Pensioner
    Vasilyevich Pensioner 6 December 2022 12: 31
    0
    Correspondents at the presentation of the strategic bomber B-21 Raider in the United States were forbidden to use the iPhone and take photos from certain angles
    Maybe it's a layout?
    1. Georgy Sviridov_2
      Georgy Sviridov_2 7 December 2022 11: 03
      0
      It can't, but definitely. The first flight will be only in 2023. This is the maximum development of taxiing.
  10. GELEZNII_KAPUT
    GELEZNII_KAPUT 6 December 2022 12: 36
    +2
    The iPhone ad was successful, and the bomber scared the people at the same time! laughing
  11. Fisherman
    Fisherman 6 December 2022 12: 53
    -1
    They rolled out SOMETHING "that we will not show you", which does not fly and called it "a new superplane". Funny. This is worse than what was once called "Putin's cartoons" and from which they then urgently requested negotiations with Russia on the urgent restoration of arms limitation treaties.
  12. APASUS
    APASUS 6 December 2022 13: 05
    +1
    With this level of secrecy, how do they want to use it or also believe that it is invisible?
    1. Bingo
      Bingo 6 December 2022 13: 16
      0
      Quote: APASUS
      Or do they also believe that he is invisible?

      Wait, the funny thing is that they believe it's cheap! Already 7 years ago, there was a scandal with this - they say Northrop put up one price for the competition, therefore they won the competition ... And then - op, sleight of hand - and removed from the Pentagon for development a price 10 times higher than the competitive one. Officially - "to justify the risks of overspending during design" (TM) wink price. So let's get ready, popcorn must be transported by cart - this is not for you - tfu - "fat dristun" - wah, dishevka laughing
      If only they weren’t completed before the flying Zyama, there are already hints.
  13. Bingo
    Bingo 6 December 2022 13: 12
    0
    And what are they up to? the usual PR campaign with a layout showing, informational value is zero, why crush water in a mortar?
    1. Storog dvornik
      Storog dvornik 6 December 2022 18: 10
      0
      The main difference between B21 and B2 is the price, it is three times cheaper ...
      That's the whole point of this development...
      All other differences within the framework of today's technologies have been slightly strengthened there, they have added a little here, or anything fundamentally new ...
  14. spirit
    spirit 6 December 2022 14: 16
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    Interestingly, more than three decades ago, the presentation of the then new B-2 Spirit bomber was much more open, as veteran American journalists recall.

    Previously, there were no cunning Chinese who are building their analogue B21, It seems to be afraid that iPhones assembled in China, as they see b21, will immediately send photos to the PRC defense mines automatically laughing