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In the US press: a feature of the B-21 Raider strategic bomber is its special coating FS36375

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In the US press: a feature of the B-21 Raider strategic bomber is its special coating FS36375

Air & Space Forces columnist John Tirpak spoke about the superiority of the B-21 Raider strategic bomber over its predecessor, the B-2 Spirit, which made its first flight in 1989.


According to the author of the publication, its main feature is a special coating - FS36375 "Light Compass Ghost Gray", which allows it to remain inconspicuous in both infrared and visible ranges. The FS36118 "Gunship Gray" paint used on the B-2 Spirit was intended primarily to reduce visibility during night operations.

The difference between these two coatings is also that, according to the mentioned magazine, the B-21 is designed to make several sorties a day, while the capabilities of the B-2 are more modest in this regard. After each departure, it is necessary to maintain the special coating "Spirit".

The B-21 is capable of carrying both nuclear and conventional warheads of a larger total mass. According to the developers, the B-21 Raider should be easily adaptable to any air-based weapon systems (any missiles and bombs, both those already in use and those that are under development). True, the authors of the article do not say anything about hypersonic weapons, which, as originally stated, this strategic bomber is capable of carrying. Perhaps they do not say for the reason that the internal compartments are not suitable for the developed missiles in terms of dimensions.

The presence of radar-absorbing coatings in it makes it more resistant to external natural impact factors, while reducing the cost of flights.

Data on the difference between the power plants on the B-21 and B-2 is not given.

At the same time, it is argued that the production cost of one Raider is estimated at $ 750 million, which is half the cost of the B-2 Spirit, but whether the manufacturing company [Northrop Grumman Corporation] will be able to achieve this goal (in terms of costs) is a big question. The first flight of a heavy bomber is expected to take place as early as next year, and the establishment of mass production and its adoption by the US Air Force will take place towards the end of this decade. The need for the production of such an aircraft is explained, first of all, by the opposition of nuclear powers, such as the PRC and the Russian Federation.
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  1. Viktor Sergeev
    Viktor Sergeev 7 December 2022 17: 54
    0
    The main thing is how much dough you can cut for this miracle!
    1. dmi.pris1
      dmi.pris1 7 December 2022 18: 01
      0
      Its main feature is not the coating. But the fact that these planes can do more than B2. Due to its lower cost than the aforementioned one, it was printed a little more than twenty pieces. But I hope a cunning op and a bolt with the appropriate thread
      1. Setavr
        Setavr 7 December 2022 18: 37
        +3
        the cost of production of one "Raider" is estimated at $ 750 million, which is half the cost of the B-2 Spirit

        The first B-2 Spirit aircraft cost $737 million, after improvements this amount increased to $929 million. After another upgrade in 1997, the B-2 Spirit cost $2,1 billion apiece.
        How much will Ryder cost?
        smile
      2. Alien From
        Alien From 7 December 2022 20: 45
        +1
        You're right! They have not only money and the ability to rivet them in large quantities, but also the desire!
  2. Bingo
    Bingo 7 December 2022 17: 56
    +1
    And about the toxicity of the coating told? And then such news about the coating of the F-117 got out only when they were written off ... And what can you say about the reduction factor? "Reduces" visibility and ordinary paint - a little. And how is the sail flying at an altitude of 11 km from below and from the side - it’s not noticeable at all, or again we’ll chew snot, that the F-35 EPR has zero-zero-zero and zero in the period, forgetting to say that it’s strictly from the bow, but here any radar located a little to the side - sees it perfectly, because it is BOLD
    1. Mavrikiy
      Mavrikiy 7 December 2022 18: 00
      0
      Quote from Bingo
      sees him well because he is FAT

      This is not tolerant! It is necessary to write about the pleasant fullness of a FAT flying penguin! (read freak)
    2. Boa kaa
      Boa kaa 7 December 2022 19: 01
      +3
      Quote from Bingo
      What about the reduction factor?

      They won't say anything! Their goal is to promote the RADER for the electorate, to intimidate us and the whales with this prodigy, to enchant allies and those who have joined super-duper power ...
      But this can only be done by the PLEBS, who do not understand the laws of physics and location. Well, the same coating cannot equally reflect / absorb an e-m wave of DIFFERENT LENGTH !!! Against the cm-range ... well, yes, it will pull! And against DM and M ??? Or have they adopted a verdict that cancels the properties of E / M energy ??? - If so, then there is nothing to argue: Uncle Sam ordered - and B-21 immediately became invisible to everyone!
      But if there are generators / anti-phase converters on it, then you need to talk in a different way ...
      At the same time, what kind of avionics and REP system will the RADER have - this is very, very interesting. Here, the Yankees, perhaps, can pull us and the whales to the very "do not indulge"! And you need to be ready for this now, so that later you will not bitterly regret the aimlessly squandered time!
      AHA.
  3. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 7 December 2022 17: 56
    0
    The presence of radio-absorbing coatings in it makes it more stable to factors of external natural impact,
    It is that, thanks to the coating, he and Zeus will not be struck by lightning, I doubt it. request
  4. Sith
    Sith 7 December 2022 17: 58
    0
    750 million is this with which batch?) Their cost of B-2 was also different because the batch was planned much more ...
    And will the current ... "expectations" of customers in quantity change greatly in a year or three as a result ...
  5. dauria
    dauria 7 December 2022 18: 02
    +2
    allowing it to remain inconspicuous in both infrared and visible ranges.

    Hmm ... We received a board in Arseniev (under the USSR) a long time ago. Mi-24 RHR. Come to LIS. "There is your swallow." And the swallow does not shine, like everyone else. Looks dirty and dull. Rough. He climbed into the cabin - a trace from the sole of the boot remained, as if he had run it on sandpaper. The factory says - tricky paint, here and here the plates. Unscrew and send to us on time. Well , we are " How ? Chivo ? Why ? " . The answer is none of your mind. A thing from spectral-zonal photo reconnaissance.
    That is, it is not enough to paint "under the grass and dirt", it is necessary that with any combination of filters it seems like grass and dirt.
  6. Maxim G
    Maxim G 7 December 2022 18: 03
    -2
    Air & Space Forces columnist John Tirpak spoke about the superiority of the B-21 Raider strategic bomber over its predecessor, the B-2 Spirit, which made its first flight in 1989.
    / Is it strategic - Long Range Strike Bomber?

    The flight range of the B-2 is 11000 km - will it be achievable (without refueling), the question is?
    1. Yuri Zolotarev_2
      Yuri Zolotarev_2 7 December 2022 18: 43
      -8
      Again, without over sound, easy prey for MiGs and Sushki!
      1. Nesvoy
        Nesvoy 7 December 2022 20: 46
        0
        That is why we are making PAKDA according to the flying wing scheme? An easy target is then obtained for any aircraft of the F family.
        1. poquello
          poquello 7 December 2022 21: 33
          -2
          Quote from Nesvoy
          That is why we are making PAKDA according to the flying wing scheme?

          )))))))) nope, patamushta missile carrier, he doesn’t need to carry bonbas to the target, unlike this waffle
          1. Nesvoy
            Nesvoy 8 December 2022 06: 06
            -1
            However, your trolling is dull ... Do you have something to say on the case?
            1. poquello
              poquello 8 December 2022 12: 55
              -1
              Quote from Nesvoy
              However, your trolling is dull ... Do you have something to say on the case?

              I told you everything on the case, do not whine about trolling
              1. Nesvoy
                Nesvoy 8 December 2022 17: 41
                0
                So let's write it down, from your words, the B-21 cannot carry missiles, only bombs.
                1. poquello
                  poquello 8 December 2022 20: 36
                  -1
                  Quote from Nesvoy
                  So let's write it down, from your words, the B-21 cannot carry missiles, only bombs.

                  write it down, normal US missiles only fit into Hercules
  7. Ulan.1812
    Ulan.1812 7 December 2022 18: 05
    -1
    Only practice can confirm the declared characteristics.
    How many prodigies they have already made.
  8. agoran
    agoran 7 December 2022 18: 11
    -1
    When they overtook the F-35 to Alaska, all the covered peeled off.
    Most likely it is a platform for the development of new technologies. They promised a batch of 8 boards, that is, each will work out its own tasks. There is also a problem with weapons bays, well, it's a long story.
  9. Evgeny Gennadievich_2
    Evgeny Gennadievich_2 7 December 2022 18: 23
    0
    Then they will have to apologize like the Serbs, saying sorry, we did not know that he was invisible.
    1. Nesvoy
      Nesvoy 7 December 2022 20: 47
      -1
      F-117 was shot down with the help of TOV Karat. Study mat. part a little.
      1. Beetle1991
        Beetle1991 10 December 2022 01: 38
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        I don’t know what TOV carat is, but Zoltan Dani said that the radar was turned on for 10-15 seconds, if longer then HARM will arrive. So at that time on the "radar" there was a barely noticeable target, in my opinion about 10-15 kilometers, they shot at it and voila.

        I also heard about a thermal imager with the help of which a missile with an RLGSN was aimed at a target, but this is a complete hat.
        Zoltan did not say anything about the teplak on the s-125.
        Along the way, Dale Zelko really bombed and did not close the bomb bays, or long before the bombs were dropped, the hatches opened and shone with bombs. In any case, a missile from an S-125 with a radar seeker captured the 117th and hit the target.
        In any case, for more than 3000 f-117 sorties, only 1 loss, this is impressive.
        Stealth is not invisibility, it is visibility reduction. And the technology justifies itself.

        When Dale Zelko flew to Serbia after the war, Zoltan hugged him like a family.
  10. Kostadinov
    Kostadinov 7 December 2022 18: 28
    -3
    They created an intercontinental UAV, but it needs to be piloted and all this costs at least 750 million dollars?
    With this money, 7 intercontinental UAVs based on Geranium-2 can be riveted, for which the United States does not have enough missiles.
  11. Yuri Zolotarev_2
    Yuri Zolotarev_2 7 December 2022 18: 37
    -1
    At super sound, it means it can’t fly, MIG - 41 for a snack?
  12. Maikcg
    Maikcg 7 December 2022 18: 40
    +1
    B-21 is capable of carrying both nuclear and conventional warheads of a larger total mass

    At smaller sizes.
    Paint not only masks visibility, but also compresses space and time.
  13. TermNachTer
    TermNachTer 7 December 2022 18: 43
    -1
    If the protective coating, as on other miracle - yaroplanes, that they can only be stored in hangars with microclimatic installations, then so be it.
  14. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 7 December 2022 18: 44
    +1
    Somehow, the paint is not impressively translated into Russian as "the light compass is ghostly gray." Probably the sea was ripped off for the name of the paint - it's necessary to come up with this. It's easy for them, Columbia is nearby, the Van Goghs are unfinished. .
  15. grandfather_Kostya
    grandfather_Kostya 7 December 2022 18: 44
    0
    I will believe that he is almost invisible if I see how he drops bombs and rockets through a plastic "ovipositor". If he opens hatch covers under his belly, this is not "stealth".
  16. yuriy55
    yuriy55 7 December 2022 19: 25
    -1
    They rolled it into the hangar in its natural form and announced that all the superiority of this technique is in its “invisibility” ... Is there any certainty that Russian air defense systems will not be able to detect it or land it?! Or is it still that duck that the 117th?
    How many of these invisible zumwalds and penguins have been advertised, but in reality ?!
    The paint may be simply incomparable, but so far no one has surpassed the S-500. And the late VVZH spoke about the 700th ... The main thing is that it can be seen visually, and there there is also a bolt with a left-hand thread ... laughing
  17. agoran
    agoran 7 December 2022 19: 34
    -4
    During WWII, pilots were paid for downed planes.
    I wonder how much they will pay air defense operators for shooting down this bird?
  18. Jsem_CZEKO68
    Jsem_CZEKO68 7 December 2022 20: 03
    0
    A k čemu USA potřebují toto letadlo?? Stejně až bude použito v tom posledním boji.. nepochopili, že nebude žádného vítěze.., všichni budeme jen poražení!
  19. Angela Davis (Ingenue)
    Angela Davis (Ingenue) 8 December 2022 00: 28
    -1
    This coating is most likely paint with lenticular patterns. The Americans have repeatedly criticized our Su-57 stealth aircraft for the fact that supposedly invisibility is achieved due to the aerodynamics of the structure itself, and not the coating, like the Americans. The only surface capable of reflecting the optical range, which includes infrared radiation, is a lenticular raster. Infrared radiation is the low end of the optical range, its frequency is higher than microwave radiation and radio waves. In addition, the lenticular raster is now well known in the context of the development of the US military. Any demonstration of this material in American social networks was accompanied by a remark that the Pentagon uses it in the development.
    1. kaa
      kaa 8 December 2022 12: 30
      0
      And the humpbacked "flying wing" of the B-2 and 117th, in their opinion, is this not a concession to reduce the RCS due to aerodynamics? This is different again..