The newest American strategic bomber B-21 Raider made its first flight

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The newest American strategic bomber B-21 Raider made its first flight

Northrop Grumman has begun flight testing of the promising B-21 Raider strategic bomber, the newest strategic bomber made its first flight. Footage of a B-21 Raider flying at low altitude has appeared on the Internet.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics President Tom Jones announced the aircraft's entry into flight testing in September. According to him, the B-21 Raider will make its first flights at the end of this year, although it was originally supposed to fly in December 2021, then in mid-2022. And now the plane took to the skies for the first time; details of the tests have not yet been provided.



The US Air Force's B-21 Raider flying wing bomber made its maiden flight on Friday, the next step in the deployment of a new fleet of long-range stealth bombers capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

- quotes a message from Reuters.

The B-21 Raider has been under development for the US Air Force since 2015, when Northrop Grumman received a contract to build it. The new bomber was created according to the "flying wing" scheme. 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, aircraft will not be certified for transportation 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available information, it is planned to purchase at least one hundred new aircraft, which should gradually replace the outdated strategic bombers B-52 Stratofortress and B-2 Spirit.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. -5
    10 November 2023 18: 57
    New V-2 - about which you can’t see or hear? wink
    1. +10
      10 November 2023 19: 08
      Quote: Bone1
      New V-2 - about which you can’t see or hear?

      The old B-2 30 years ago cost 2 billion dollars apiece, I wonder how much the new B-21 will cost.
      1. +9
        10 November 2023 19: 15
        According to public data, about $700 million (as of 2022). It is possible that by 2027 (the expected date of adoption) the price will catch up with the B-2. In general, the USAF plans to spend about $2045 billion on everything (100 vehicles plus operation) by 200.
        1. +1
          10 November 2023 20: 14
          and whether this bomber jacket will consist of artificial composite materials that change the properties of light and electromagnetic waves by manipulating their structure. ?????????????
          1. 0
            10 November 2023 21: 57
            The price does not match smile It is necessary that a kilogram of mass costs the same as a kilogram of gold, like the F-22.
            1. -1
              11 November 2023 09: 43
              People, excuse me, I’m out of turn here.... well, why so many extra reprints,
              And so it’s clear who breathes what, they don’t pay you money for lines...
              And Vovochka Rzhevsky and Oleg from the Urals are right: Tu, Ily and Su showed themselves to be the best in flight performance characteristics, so first we need to restore and modernize the production of radio-electronic equipment and replace the electronics on these samples - this is the primary task of our military-industrial complex.
              ... I think so.)
      2. 0
        11 November 2023 13: 19
        How worried they are about their money. Help them, do it for free
  2. +10
    10 November 2023 19: 12
    What can I say - handsome. I hope our PAK DA will turn out no worse... and maybe, by the way, better
    1. +11
      10 November 2023 19: 15
      Unfortunately, yes, it is a beautiful and harmonious bomber. In the right class for them.
    2. +4
      10 November 2023 19: 22
      The B-21 is positioned as a sixth-generation multi-role platform - not only a bomber, but also a reconnaissance aircraft, a control center and even an interceptor. Let's see...
    3. +7
      10 November 2023 19: 26
      I think that in connection with modern reconnaissance, communications capabilities, increasing the range of the missile launcher, and reducing the role of conventional free-falling bombs, the flight range of the PAK DA itself is no longer so important. Moreover, almost all of our enemies are relatively nearby. We need a car in the size of the Tu-22M, not the Tu-160. The main thing is the maximum load, the ability to hang a gift of 5 tons, and landing, if not on a dirt road or highway, then at least on an ordinary civilian airfield with a runway of 1200 meters. Such a machine will be cheaper to produce and operate. You can rivet it decently.
      1. -6
        10 November 2023 20: 12
        I think that in connection with modern reconnaissance, communications capabilities, increasing the range of the missile launcher, and reducing the role of conventional free-falling bombs, the flight range of the PAK DA itself is no longer so important. Moreover, almost all of our enemies are relatively nearby. We need a car in the size of the Tu-22M, not the Tu-160. The main thing is the maximum load, the ability to hang a gift of 5 tons, and landing, if not on a dirt road or highway, then at least on an ordinary civilian airfield with a runway of 1200 meters. Such a machine will be cheaper to produce and operate. You can rivet it decently.


        Now your mother’s strategists will downvote you. They have zero knowledge in this area, but they have an exorbitant number of people and the main criterion - I like it.
        And yet, I will correct you, given the size of the Russian Federation, all three types of strategists are needed, Tu-95, Tu-160 and Tu-22.
        As for PAK YES, I really hope that things won’t go beyond talk.
        Because all this STEALTH technology in aviation is the greatest scam of the century, the purpose of which is to cut military budgets.
        These B-21 Raiders will be completely invisible throughout the entire radar range only in one case, if they hang motionless in the air. Otherwise, only in a fairly narrow range.
        And no coating will save you. The fact is that during flight a zone of compressed air forms in front of the plane. And this air is visible to the radar in the same way as air bubbles in water are visible.
        It is the compressed air that will propel the aircraft. So the question is, why then spoil the aerodynamics? Moreover, there has long been another solution, to produce weapons that the aircraft uses without entering the affected area. And in this case, it is not so important whether the plane is detected or not.
        And again, if an exchange of nuclear strikes begins, then there will be such a thing in the atmosphere that you can forget about any radar. In this case, aircraft with a normal flight pattern will again benefit; it will be easier for them to survive turbulence.
        However, why are they being built in the USA? in addition to the reason already mentioned, this is the hope that our infantry generals who command aviation will waver and demand exactly the same. And the military budget of the Russian Federation is much smaller than that of the United States.
        1. +6
          10 November 2023 21: 36
          Quote: vovochkarzhevsky
          I think that in connection with modern reconnaissance, communications capabilities, increasing the range of the missile launcher, and reducing the role of conventional free-falling bombs, the flight range of the PAK DA itself is no longer so important. Moreover, almost all of our enemies are relatively nearby. We need a car in the size of the Tu-22M, not the Tu-160. The main thing is the maximum load, the ability to hang a gift of 5 tons, and landing, if not on a dirt road or highway, then at least on an ordinary civilian airfield with a runway of 1200 meters. Such a machine will be cheaper to produce and operate. You can rivet it decently.


          Now your mother’s strategists will downvote you. They have zero knowledge in this area, but they have an exorbitant number of people and the main criterion - I like it.
          And yet, I will correct you, given the size of the Russian Federation, all three types of strategists are needed, Tu-95, Tu-160 and Tu-22.
          As for PAK YES, I really hope that things won’t go beyond talk.
          Because all this STEALTH technology in aviation is the greatest scam of the century, the purpose of which is to cut military budgets.
          These B-21 Raiders will be completely invisible throughout the entire radar range only in one case, if they hang motionless in the air. Otherwise, only in a fairly narrow range.
          And no coating will save you. The fact is that during flight a zone of compressed air forms in front of the plane. And this air is visible to the radar in the same way as air bubbles in water are visible.
          It is the compressed air that will propel the aircraft. So the question is, why then spoil the aerodynamics? Moreover, there has long been another solution, to produce weapons that the aircraft uses without entering the affected area. And in this case, it is not so important whether the plane is detected or not.
          And again, if an exchange of nuclear strikes begins, then there will be such a thing in the atmosphere that you can forget about any radar. In this case, aircraft with a normal flight pattern will again benefit; it will be easier for them to survive turbulence.
          However, why are they being built in the USA? in addition to the reason already mentioned, this is the hope that our infantry generals who command aviation will waver and demand exactly the same. And the military budget of the Russian Federation is much smaller than that of the United States.

          Condensed air, you say?
          And what is the size of the air compaction zone?
          One that can be detected by radar at a distance of over 250 km?
          More nonsense about new physical principles?
          You yourself are a mom’s specialist...
          1. -2
            10 November 2023 21: 49
            Condensed air, you say?
            And what is the size of the air compaction zone?
            One that can be detected by radar at a distance of over 250 km?
            More nonsense about new physical principles?
            You yourself are a mom’s specialist...


            Young man, I would advise you to study the basics of radar and aerodynamics, but it seems that school physics passed you by. lol
            What size are you asking, and across the entire wingspan (an airplane has one wing, a monoplane, a bird has two, if that). There, both compression from flow deceleration will be present, and from inductive resistance. In two more wake vortices, ionization, in short, is more than enough to reflect the signal.
            This is not to mention the fact that if you sat behind the screen of even an ancient P-18, you would know how clearly atmospheric phenomena are visible there. Yes
            1. +11
              10 November 2023 23: 06
              Quote: vovochkarzhevsky
              Young man, I would advise you to study the basics of radar and aerodynamics, but it seems that school physics passed you by

              I love aviation specialists who firmly believe that by studying a school physics textbook, they have learned all the secrets of the universe...
              Do you seriously think the Yankees are completely crazy that when they created a bomber costing a third of an aircraft carrier (B-2) they didn’t think about air compaction? :)))))
              Okay, okay, the Yankees are clinical idiots. Why are we introducing stealth elements on the Su-57? Have you forgotten your school physics course?
              In short, the whole world is crazy, only Rzhevsky knows the Truth.... wassat
              1. osp
                +3
                11 November 2023 00: 31
                In general, when the B-2 was created, they were talking not only about reducing radar signature.
                There’s a lot of stuff there, I even have books on it in English.
                There is even a chemical contrail suppression system.

                Of course, a decrease in thermal, visual, and sound signature.
                And a lot of things were used for this.
                Even the engines and fire tubes are located in a special way.
                1. +3
                  11 November 2023 09: 16
                  Quote from osp
                  In general, when the B-2 was created, they were talking not only about reducing radar signature.

                  Certainly. What's the point of making a stealth aircraft that can be easily detected in the infrared range (and all sorts of things like that)
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              2. +2
                11 November 2023 12: 17
                I love aviation specialists who firmly believe that by studying a school physics textbook, they have learned all the secrets of the universe...
                Do you seriously think the Yankees are completely crazy that when they created a bomber costing a third of an aircraft carrier (B-2) they didn’t think about air compaction? :)))))
                Okay, okay, the Yankees are clinical idiots. Why are we introducing stealth elements on the Su-57? Have you forgotten your school physics course?
                In short, the whole world is crazy, only Rzhevsky knows the Truth...


                They know this very well. And the whole point is that they can afford it. After all, even such an aerodynamic disgrace can fly and perform combat missions.
                The main goal is to scare our leadership so that it will puzzle the military-industrial complex to build the same thing.
                Given that our military budget is Trishkin’s caftan, which means we either have to close other programs or pull money from the economy and the social sector.
                Do you think there are no sensible people? They are.
                But their voices are drowning, alas, there are many people like you in the leadership, whose thinking is that if the Americans do it, then we should too.
                In addition, now is capitalism, and aviation design bureaus will happily seize such an order. And it doesn’t matter what the output is, because it’s money for research, money for developing the project, in short, money, money and more money.
                You mentioned the Su-57. About a dozen of them have already been built. And for some reason we can’t hear them in the Northern Military District. Because they still understand that sending there cars whose price is prohibitive, and whose invisibility is a fig leaf, is only a disgrace. So the same version of the Su-27 is fighting.
        2. 0
          11 November 2023 13: 04
          Quote: vovochkarzhevsky
          And yet, I will correct you, given the size of the Russian Federation, all three types of strategists are needed, Tu-95, Tu-160 and Tu-22.

          What about an option?:
          Fighters and tankers for them (by analogy with missile carriers with nuclear warheads - Mirage 2000N, Rafal).
          And transport planes from which missiles can be dropped on a pallet.
    4. +2
      10 November 2023 21: 01
      Quote: Andrey from Chelyabinsk
      I hope our PAK DA will turn out no worse

      It seems to me that the more important question is not “it will turn out better,” but how quickly it can go into series, if at all (after all, even without sanctions, serious projects took a very long time to go into series), and then if it goes into series, will it how to exist with the Su-57 for decades as a one-off copy until it loses its relevance
    5. 0
      11 November 2023 11: 35
      It may be better, but at our frantic pace, it will be in the 30s. request
    6. -6
      11 November 2023 11: 40
      But will the United States allow its colony of Russia to create a threat to itself. Never. And don’t dream. Don’t deceive yourself
    7. 0
      11 November 2023 12: 54
      The layout can be like with Chess
  3. -3
    10 November 2023 19: 14
    Wunderfaffle wow! How many interesting green ones need to be printed to make one hundred of them? They are already spending a trillion dollars, as Bloomberg reports, on debt service!
    1. 0
      10 November 2023 19: 45
      They are already spending a trillion dollars, as Bloomberg reports, on debt service!

      Annually! And the debt will continue to grow along with interest on annual payments. wassat
  4. +6
    10 November 2023 19: 17
    It’s amazing - they started doing it 8 years ago and it’s already taken off! Our RTOs make the same amount
    1. +5
      10 November 2023 19: 25
      Quote from alexoff
      They started doing it 8 years ago and have already taken off!

      The striped ones don't know how to work. It takes us three times as long to develop a maize plant, but here we have a strategist! But the longer you do it, the longer you cut, it’s a law of economics. And the first series - 100 pieces! Well, who works like that? It is necessary - as in Roscosmos: I started - I gave up, I started - I gave up, and then, lo and behold, you can retire if you don’t get caught in the act. By the way, how many strategic bomb carriers do we have?
  5. +12
    10 November 2023 19: 21
    B-21 Raider makes its first flight

    Handsome! I like the laconicism of the contours. There seems to be nothing superfluous in the appearance - stealth, however....
  6. -7
    10 November 2023 19: 28
    Our scientist is working on invisibility there, who developed the theory of invisibility for airplanes and left for America in the 90s. It's a shame. soldier
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    2. -1
      11 November 2023 13: 04
      The people wanted to serve the United States according to the constitution and now they want to commit suicide in the name of the United States
  7. +2
    10 November 2023 19: 32
    1. It has no moving parts in the airframe. No slats or flaps. Control is achieved by controlling air flow through the wings.
    2. Unlike the B-2, it will have all-aspect air-to-air missiles for self-defense.
    1. +2
      10 November 2023 19: 48
      Has the rest of the plane's body stopped reflecting? Will the engines be cold? What do all-aspect missiles mean?
      1. +2
        10 November 2023 20: 36
        1. The tailless shape and the small number of angles ensure stealth in both the centimeter, decimeter and meter wavelength ranges.
        (The F-35 and F-22 are visible in the meter range due to the tail, but the B-2 is not visible)
        2. The nozzles are deepened. The hot gas cools quickly and the heat trace disappears without leaving the aircraft's contours.
        3. After exiting the aircraft, an all-aspect missile can make a sharp 180-degree turn and fly back.

        1. -3
          10 November 2023 20: 53
          Why would a rocket from a B-21 fly backwards? Everything else is still stealth, for which they can come up with good sensitivity. For some reason, stealth aviation does not strive to establish its stealth for modern air defenses. But no, there was only one, he wanted to establish himself, but he couldn’t even fight against an outdated one and immediately withdrew from service.
          1. +5
            10 November 2023 20: 58
            Quote: sifgame
            Why would a rocket from a B-21 fly backwards?

            Do you consider the possibility that an enemy fighter might be on his tail?
            1. +1
              11 November 2023 12: 05
              Do not make me laugh. This is not World War II. The concept of air combat has long changed and is measured in hundreds of kilometers.
              And, an all-aspect missile ensures the launch of an attack from any position of the aircraft in space.
            2. +4
              11 November 2023 16: 52
              It is with this aircraft that I categorically do not allow this option, I am sure that the Americans themselves do not allow this.
    2. +1
      10 November 2023 20: 45
      If there are missiles, then there is also a radar?
  8. -4
    10 November 2023 19: 46
    If they also make it unmanned, they will probably call it “Boomerang”?
  9. -4
    10 November 2023 20: 13
    it’s bad that they’re already testing a new bomber jacket! As I understand it, it will fly far and be inconspicuous; there will be new materials + integration with the new system! and whether this bomber jacket will consist of artificial composite materials that change the properties of light and electromagnetic waves by manipulating their structure. ?????????????
    1. -6
      10 November 2023 20: 46
      it’s bad that they’re already testing a new bomber jacket! As I understand it, it will fly far and be inconspicuous; there will be new materials + integration with the new system! and whether this bomber jacket will consist of artificial composite materials that change the properties of light and electromagnetic waves by manipulating their structure. ?????????????


      May he not be inconspicuous. To do this, he will have to fly in a vacuum.
  10. +1
    10 November 2023 21: 10
    The most important thing is what's inside. Judging by the difference between the Lada-Kalina and the Chevrolet Camaro, this will not please us much.
  11. +3
    11 November 2023 00: 29
    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.

    In the Air Force they will complement (as a “replacement” is planned for 2040 - 2050, we still have to live request ) a fleet of “penetrating” bombers capable of penetrating protected airspace, finding, identifying and independently striking targets, including with nuclear weapons. The main targets are the PGRK, other targets in the Russian Federation and China, most likely even China, we are not particularly interested. For example: "Long-range strikes are useful, but are not an alternative to penetration bombers. Many of the forces that China will use for its initial assault operations, such as the SAG (??? request ) and surface-to-surface missile launchers will move or may be quickly redeployed. Highly mobile targets can significantly reduce the effectiveness of remote strikes. If all the enemy has to do to survive is move targets a few hundred feet to the left or right, then countermeasures will not be enough to defeat them.
    Only penetration bombers are capable of detecting, tracking and striking a large number of mobile/moving targets in a single mission. Compared to bombers, fighters carry fewer weapons and lack the range and latency to remain effective for long periods of time. Indeed, even in a best-case scenario, militants operating from bases in the first island chain could reach part of China's coastline, but not much further. "
    https://www-airandspaceforces-com.translate.goog/article/the-case-for-the-b-21-raider/?_x_tr_sl=en&_x_tr_tl=ru&_x_tr_hl=ru&_x_tr_pto=sc

    B2 remain.

    B52 also remain, they work as carriers of the missile defense system outside the air defense zones and enemy fighters.

    B1, IMHO, the first ones will be “written off”, most of the resource has been used up. As a penetrating bomber it is not as effective as a missile launcher better than the B52.

    The F35 takes on part of the operations as a “penetrating” bomber, but in this role it has limited range and the capabilities of a single pilot.
    F15E (2020) is still used as a carrier for B61, but IMHO, this, like for F16 (2017), is not their “main” function.
    Although, taking into account that there is a theory - the difficulty of tasks with nuclear weapons imposes restrictions on ammunition on the carrier crew - in the "Day of Hour" in the US Air Force, both the F15 and F16 with nuclear weapons will "go into action."
    1. 0
      11 November 2023 11: 54
      SAG - Special Action Group, judging by India...
    2. osp
      0
      11 November 2023 13: 06
      Well, in general, the B-1B was formally withdrawn from the nuclear triad and converted for conventional tasks.
      By the way, his armament is not so bad - 24 KR AGM-158.
      But the plane has not been produced for a long time and there were probably problems with the titanium wing hinges.

      Of the hundreds built, a little more than 55-60% are in service.
      Its accident rate is high.
      1. +4
        11 November 2023 22: 09
        B1 was removed by installing a partition in the weapons compartment. What will be the fate of this partition after the START treaties have disappeared is unclear.
        It was also funny that a certain amount of B52 was removed from the START treaty - “by removing the wiring for nuclear weapons.” "We still have not received sufficient evidence of the conversion of 56 SLBM launchers and 41 B-52N heavy bombers. Concerns remain regarding some silo launchers of American ICBMs.." https://t.me/MID_Russia

        Of the hundreds built, a little more than 55-60% are in service.
        Its accident rate is high.
        Yes, they are the first to be removed “due to wear and tear”. But, IMHO, first the B21 will go to the Air Force.
  12. -4
    11 November 2023 03: 58
    Another golden airplane!!! As long as the printing press is “working,” you can do whatever you want, with kickbacks, of course. Where F22 disappeared - or became completely invisible, i.e. no one can see.....
    1. 0
      11 November 2023 12: 58
      They fly, for the “urapatriots” it’s like using a sickle on Faberge.
  13. -2
    11 November 2023 13: 25
    And why did Putin get involved in this Russia? Doesn’t he see that the people are idiots? People can’t do anything except trouble themselves. They spoil themselves, and it’s always someone else’s fault. Without admitting our guilt, we are doomed to death. Yes, endlessly minus, it won't change reality
    1. 0
      11 November 2023 15: 25
      Farewell, Kostyantin..... Without clinking glasses love
      We will drown the next landing of chicks in the waters of moderation.
  14. -1
    11 November 2023 14: 28
    An excellent replacement for the old b-2s
  15. -1
    11 November 2023 17: 41
    But no one clarified the situation - will the Serbian with the ancient radar detect, or not with the blessing of “Your mother is a fascist”?