Especially in the case of the B-52 and B-1, many of the original parts designed and produced in the 1950s (for the B-52) and the 1970s (for the B-1) are simply not produced anymore. New B21 Vs B2 Bomber B2 Stealth Bomber Crash B2 Bomber Cockpit B-52 Bomber Pictures Usaf B21 Long Range Bomber B21 Radar B2 Bomber Schematic Next Generation Bomber Northrop Grumman B21 Concept Liberator Bomber Inside B2 Stealth Bomber Wallpape, July 21st, 2012 The backbone of the United States Air Force is long-range strategic bombers. It will carry a smaller payload but there will be more of them. One of the budget games in DC. But the high-tech new bomber isn’t alone. That program was canceled after only three boats.). I think the B-21 will only have one bomb bay. I wonder if the engine exhausts will extend laterally across enough of the wing/body trailing edges to provide “distributed thrust” and thereby obviate the need for drag rudders to control yaw. Your email address will not be published. America’s lethal new B-21 vs. the B-2 stealth bomber “The new aircraft will take the B-2’s all-aspect stealth design to the next level. “Boomerang” This will enable more cold air to mix with the exhaust and reduce the IR signature. We’ll just have to see how it pans out. This should make for some interesting hearings on the Hill later this spring. The LRS-B doesn’t necessarily need to carry the same amount of weaponry as the B-2, it just needs to carry the biggest available weapon—maybe just one GBU-57A/B Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) instead of two. Stealth and electronic attack always have a synergistic relationship because detection is about the signal to noise ratio. I believe to make up for lower numbers in the B-21, F-22, and F-35, they will design and build new stealth drones for surveillance and weapon trucks for missiles and bombs. “The technology on which they were designed with respect to signature management . While the LRS-B might be provisioned to accommodate whatever engine ultimately comes to fruition from the Air Force’s adaptive-cycle engine program—variously called ADVENT, AETD and AETP—if the service is serious about an initial operational capability date around 2025, the new bomber will necessarily use an existing propulsion plant. If the current B-21 design is truly representative of the direction the Air Force is taking, the new aircraft will take the B-2’s all-aspect stealth design to the next level. That means that of the 96 bombers ~60 can fly at any given time. As the Air Force found with its decision to stand-down the A-10s, Congress determines all. Any name be fine, but not the Obama. It will make them more efficient and not waste govt money. Typically, that resonance occurs when a feature on an aircraft—such as a tail-fin—is less than eight times the size of a particular frequency wavelength. The rear trailing edge of the airplane is cleaner because it is not being configured for low level flight. The B-52 is called the Stratofortress. Washington, DC 20036. Especially too few for advanced A2/AD environments. How bout the name black widow or widoMaker, Your email address will not be published. Defense contractor Northrop Grumman has released never-before-seen high-definition video of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber in flight. The Air Force selected Dyess Air Force Base, Texas; Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota; and Whiteman AFB, Missouri, as reasonable alternatives to host the new B-21 aircraft. What is the different between B-21 Raider and B-2 Spirit? WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force announced that the B-21 Raider will replace B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit aircraft at three existing bomber bases beginning in the mid-2020s. The Air Force revealed today the first rendering of its new long range bomber: the B21. I think they should remove any remote control features to cut down on the costs. — “Who wants to sort through a pile of hay for a needle when there are plenty of obvious needles that one should concern themselves with outside of the haystack?”. The B-52 will be armed with long-range, nuclear cruise missiles… the B-2 will elude the most modern air defenses and the B-1B bomber will fire hypersonic weapons -- … Basically, the B-21 (and B-2 to an extent)—with its large flying-wing design—reduces its low frequency radar cross-section to the point where it blends in with the background noise inherent to those UHF/VHF band systems. The new bomber has a designation (B-21) but not yet a name. We just have too few bombers. I think the Air Force will be producing a four-tiered layer of its aircraft: Stealth, high-end 4th generation, low-end 4th generation, and drones. Senator John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee that has to approve B-21 funding, has already voiced opposition to key provisions in the current B-21 contract. There is a “step change” in a stealth aircraft’s signature once the frequency wavelength exceeds a certain threshold and causes a resonant effect. Fewer bombers? Northrop’s B-2 bomber has provided a testbed for developing methods of maintaining low observability more affordably. — But the Spirit was redesigned late in the game to operate at low altitudes after Dr. Paul Kaminski’s—current chairman of the Defense Science Board—Red Team cautioned that the B-2 might have to resort to low-level penetration as the Soviets built new, more capable radars—as legendary Aviation Week journalist Bill Sweetman points out in his book “Inside the Stealth Bomber.” The redesign caused a decrease in range and payload, as well as a larger radar cross-section. all the war the wars,bad thing good.Jeff. Just to mention a few: Spirit II, Deliverance, Thunderbolt, Sand Melter, Nightwing, Stormbringer, Flying W, Batwing, The Obama, Lemay, Regurgitating Pigeon, Flying Money-Pit, 2-Bad (the Cold War never really ended), Boondoggle, Budgetbuster, or Another Flying Turd from Northrop Hunk Of Overpriced Under-Performing Long Delayed Useless Waste of Taxpayers Money. The research for this publication was made possible by a grant from the New Land Foundation, and Ploughshares Fund. With two such engines, an LRS-B would have less than the roughly 70,000lbs of thrust available to the B-2, but there are indications that the B-21 is smaller than the Spirit. Particularly, the B-21’s low observable design will be more effective against low frequency radars operating in the UHF and VHF bands, which are increasingly coming into vogue as a means to counter stealth aircraft. And the wings on the B-21 appear a little more backswept than the wings on the B-2 resulting in a pointier aircraft nose, although that could be an optical illusion from the the quality of the images. Another difference is that the air-intakes of the two engines have been extended forward and the edges angled, presumably to further reduce the aircraft’s radar signature. I think we will see fewer bombers produced than planned. They’ll certainly have to, if they want all the money they’re asking for it. The blended Mission Capable Rate (MCR) for all three bomber types is ~62%. Fewer tankers? The new B-21 Long range strike stealth bomber will take the B-2’s all-aspect stealth design to the next level. Your support enables us to inform the nuclear debate, reduce government secrecy, and inject science into public policy. The statements made and views expressed are solely the responsibility of the authors. So, did the USAF not buy 132 B-2 bombers because they were too expensive or were they too expensive because we only bought 21? That would almost certainly rule out a commercial airliner engine derivative with a large bypass—such an engine would have an extremely large diameter even if it is highly efficient. “for sure… that’s a given.” methinks the lady doth protest too much, did they get any target Practise yet? And the majority we have are very hard to maintain and are only able to function in low threat environments. The Air Force’s rendering of the B-21 gives us some clues as to the configuration of the new aircraft, but most of its other parameters remain unknown. The B-1 has a lot of abilities, like getting on station quickly, then having the endurance to spend hours supporting the troops, not just dropping a load of bombs and leaving. Based on the Air Force’s own projections, according to a recent study, the cost of major Air Force aircraft programs “is projected to peak in FY2023 at nearly twice the FY2015 level of funding, adjusting for inflation, and is a driving factor behind the overall defense modernization bow wave.”. It wouldn’t be surprising to see more than 100 B-21’s built. If so, the total cost for developing and producing 100 B-21 bombers might reach $96 billion to $104 billion. Lots of conclusions from a non-scaled rendering. Please…, Looks good. I propose the name “Phoenix” for the B-21. The services then accept the criticism of cost over-runs and huge item costs as the purchase numbers are cut. There are important distinctions, however. It takes a long time and large sums of money to develop a new turbine engine. The US Air Force has no backup plan. One thing is for sure, the radar absorbing material (RAM) will be state-of-the-art and far easier to maintain than on the existing B-2. Officially the B-21 is still an interim bomber. That’s not surprising—and had been reported as early as 2011 during Gen. Norton Schwartz’s tenure as Air Force chief of staff. In fact, the new aircraft look startlingly similar to the original Advanced Strategic Penetration Aircraft (ASPA) and the later Advanced Technology Bomber concept from the 1980s that ultimately resulted in the B-2. The F110, though an aged design, would give the LRS-B commonality with the Rockwell International B-1 Lancer and Northrop B-2 Spirit, both of which use engines from the same lineage. First and foremost, the new B-21 looks very similar to its B-2 Spirit predecessor. America's Lethal New B-21 vs. the B-2 Stealth Bomber The Air Force’s rendering of the B-21 gives us some clues as to the configuration of the new … Particularly, the B-21’s low observable design will be more effective against low frequency radars operating in the UHF and VHF bands, which are increasingly coming into vogue as a means to counter stealth aircraft. Or how about Resurrection? The Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider is an American heavy bomber under development for the United States Air Force (USAF) by Northrop Grumman.As part of the Long Range Strike Bomber program (LRS-B), it is to be an advanced, very long-range, large, heavy-payload stealth intercontinental strategic bomber for the USAF, able to deliver conventional and thermonuclear weapons. >One thing is for sure, the radar absorbing material (RAM) will be state-of-the-art and far easier to maintain than on the existing B-2. First the B-21 will be a smaller plane and if the the Air Force’s plans go right it will cost less to operate. Together, we will strive for a safer and more informed world for all. “An improvement would be to include that presumably these platforms would be used in coordination with other platforms and weaponry so as to increase the noise from which to hide within,” one Air Force official with stealth aircraft experience told me. — The U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman celebrated 30 years since the inaugural flight of the iconic B-2 stealth bomber Tuesday during a ceremony … Stealth is not a cloak of invisibility, after all. It should basically be an improved B-2 with other mature technology added in. The Vickers Valiant was a British high-altitude jet bomber designed to carry nuclear weapons, and in the 1950s and 1960s was part of the Royal Air Force's "V bomber" strategic deterrent force.. A tactical fighter-sized stealth aircraft must be optimized to defeat higher-frequency bands such the C, X and Ku bands as a simple matter of physics, but a strategic bomber like the B-2 or LRS-B can be larger to counter lower frequency radars. Low observables reduce the signal, while electronic attack increases the noise. The Govt should make the manufacturer to the their budget. At the rear, the cutout of the B-21 has only two “Vs” while on the B-2 there are four. In reality, we all know it will effectively become the 2037 bomber program. . General Atomics will probably come up with the designs and contracts. (Last time the Pentagon named a major defense program after the 21st Century was the SSN-21, the Navy’s Seawolf-class attack submarine. It’s highly likely that with the newest, most economical and adaptive engines and new LO coatings they’ll be much more economical to fly than existing jets. The aircraft will also be nuclear-capable from the get go, though it won’t be certified to perform that mission until later. The indents in the B-2’s rear center wing were created by the engine exhausts, a design feature that appears to be absent from the B-21. Fewer satellites? B-21 Raider stealth bomber: USAF budget calls for early retirement of B-1, B-2 bombers THE United States is set to retire its most potent aircraft, the B2 ‘Spirit’ stealth bomber, early. The goal is to retire the B-1B and B-2 and replace them with B-21s on a 1 per one bases though the USAF may decide to buy more. Sixteen B-2’s are combat coded. The “21” refers to the 21st Century and is intended to signal cutting-edge technology and capability. Stealth technology simply delays detection and tracking. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. A tailless, batlike aircraft, the official rendering of the B-21 Raider released by the Air Force bears a superficial resemblance to the B-2 Spirit bomber. The B-1 is called the Lancer. Former Air Combat Command commander Gen. William Fraser, a former B-52 pilot, told me few years ago when the program was in its infancy that  “a combat radius of between 2,000 and 2,500 nautical miles is sufficient, which equals a 4,000-5,000 nautical mile range. The Air Force has promised to disclose more details in March. — If the LRS-B is somewhat smaller than the B-2, the designers have to pick between range and payload. The most apparent difference is that the B-21 has a clean diamond-shaped center body section in contrast to the B-2’s more jagged rear center wing outline. Fewer fighters? But another must now fly until it is 100 years old. © Copyright 2020 Center for the National Interest All Rights Reserved. Today there aren’t many options for a strategic bomber. It may be harder to track than a B-2, but will it get on target fast enough, able to loiter with a large enough bomb load for extended support, and have commanders willing to risk the high cost bombers in high threat environments that they will not use the B-2 in currently? An F110 derivative does have its advantages, but the most likely candidate to power the LRS-B is an unaugmented version of the Pratt & Whitney F135, which in its current state offers roughly 28,000lbs of dry thrust. AF says that 96 of the total of ~150 B-52, B1 and B2 bombers are combat coded today. That bold, innovative and courageous spirit of the Doolittle Raiders has been the inspiration behind the name of America’s next generation bomber, the B-21 Raider, in development now by the U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman. Given the types of threats from low frequency radars that are projected to be out there in the future and the limitations of current low observables materials, B-21’s subsonic flying wing design will be large enough to counter low frequency radars. This bomber is supposed to use preexisting technology to cut costs. Engine exhaust is an important source of detectable heat. It will be smaller than the B-2. Emmerian Republic Air Forc New B21 Vs B2 Bomber DA Stealth Bomber Vs. But just how different the B-21 is remains to be seen. A preliminary comparison of the B-21 and B-2 bomber images suggests a very similar overall design, perhaps a little smaller, but with some significant modifications. The raid acted as a catalyst to many future innovations in U.S. air superiority from land or sea. The B-1’s F101 was derived into the F110, which in turn was derived into the B-2’s F118 motors. A more likely choice is a derivative of an existing military engine that is already in production. Unlike an F-22 or F-35, which are designed to operate in an environment where the enemy might be aware of their presence, the B-2 and B-21 are designed to avoid detection altogether. All this will cost billions of dollars and, yet, be funded a year at a time. The B-21 Raider bomber will be a heavy strategic bomber capable of carrying nuclear or conventional weapons. Delay? Required fields are marked *. That’s a given. The first B-21 stealth bomber is in production for the U.S. Air Force. It is a patriarchal Congress that will fund these programs, one year at a time. Hans M. Kristensen is the director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists where he provides the public with analysis and background information about the status of nuclear forces and the role of nuclear weapons. As for the bomber's name, if "B-21" makes you wonder what the hell happened to B-3 through B-20, well, the Air Force says the B-21 moniker stems from the plane's roots as the first new bomber … A2/AD more complex as more sophisticated systems are exported by Russia. After further analysis, the current technology is to use a blended wing exhaust. is ‘80s vintage,” Schwartz told the committee, adding, “the reality is that the B-2 over time is going to become less survivable in contested airspace.”. Absent a major infusion of additional money into the defense budget, the Air Force’s current modernization plan seems unsustainable. Given that the LRS-B is slated to enter into service in the mid-2020s, the aircraft will necessarily have to use an existing engine design. Electronic attack capability is necessary to counter low frequency radars operating in the VHF band, which are nearly impossible to defeat with airframe shape and low observable materials alone. Possible choices could include unaugmented derivatives of the F-15 and F-16’s Pratt & Whitney F100 or General Electric F110. The B-21 design—which is similar to the original high-attitude optimized B-2 design—is built to counter the low frequency radars that can detect and track tactical fighter-sized stealth aircraft. the history of the b-2 bomber The first operational aircraft, christened Spirit of Missouri, was delivered to Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, where the fleet is based, on 17 December 1993. It is unknown if the engine exhausts have been moved below the body, integrated better into the edge of the wing, or omitted from the drawing because it is still a secret. The elimination of the two engine exhaust wing-indents appears to have resulted in longer outer wing sections. As such, to defeat low frequency radars operating in the L, UHF and potentially the VHF bands (this is easier said than done—and could in fact be impossible), a flying wing design is in effect, mandatory. As long as they can refrain from trying to add capability to the plane than the program should cost what they say it will. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James revealed the image during her talk to the 2016 Air Warfare Symposium and gave it its official designation: B-21. B21 Bomber Vs B2orce Is Dumping The B-2 For The B-21 (and The Old B-52). The B-21 image shows the new bomber is not a significantly new design but looks more like an upgrade of the B-2. . They should absorb the over runs. It’s also not an endeavor without risk—look no further than China’s frustrated efforts to develop an indigenous jet engine. And new defense programs historically tend to go 20-30 percent over budget, which would put further pressure on the Air Force’s budget. In terms of avionics, the Air Force appears to be doing something smart. I think it will use 2 F135-PW-100 engines. With some tweaks, such as an increased bypass ratio, a version of the F135 could probably produce more than 30,000lbs of thrust while potentially increasing fuel efficiency. The B-21 is the followup to the angular B-2 stealth bomber flown by the Air Force since 1989. What do we know so far about the next generation stealth bomber b-21? The B-21… While the B-2 is still in service, stealth technology has come a … The Air Force didn’t get its 132 B-2 bombers, only 21 because they were too expensive. With the U.S. Air Force revealing concept art and a designation for its shadowy Northrop Grumman B-21 Long Range Strike-Bomber (LRS-B) last week, there are many details that we can now glean about the new warplane. Such a one aircraft type capability is really going to reduce the use envelope! A flying wing design, the B-21 strongly resembles the older B-2. If one accepts the premise that the B-21 will be powered by twin unaugmented F135 engines, one can then assume that the new bomber will be larger than a Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle or General Dynamics F-111 but smaller than the B-1 or B-2. The bomber is similar to the B-2A Spirit but subtle differences hint at some major changes. The B-21 Raider is expected to fly for the first time sometime in … It was developed by Vickers-Armstrongs in response to Specification B.35/46 issued by the Air Ministry for a nuclear-armed jet-powered bomber. So Secretary James invited air force personnel to come up with a name. Indeed, as then Air Force chief of staff Gen. Norton Schwartz told the House Armed Services Committee in 2012, even the B-2 is starting to lose its ability penetrate hostile airspace. The B-21 Raider is thought to incorporate similar design elements to other long-range stealth bombers such as the B-2. But—like all stealth aircraft—it will not be invisible. Would we be building a new bomber today, if we bought 132 B-2 bombers then? Unless we acquire used US B-52, B-1 or B-2 bombers (all of which would come with a serious downside), the only option is the B-21 being developed by the US Air Force (Unmanned systems are potentially another … Fewer ICBMs? In 2016, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James revealed the first artist rendering of the Long Range Strike Bomber designated the B-21, at the Air … I think the Air Force will build everything it is planning on, but it won’t get the numbers it wants for any of its programs, perhaps with the exception of Space and cyberwarfare. For the Air Force, while the B-2 remains its most capable bomber, it makes sense to retire the aging Spirit when the Raider comes online. The service also plans for the LRS-B to be optionally manned, however the chances of operating a $550 million aircraft without a pilot onboard are laughably small. — during her talk to the 2016 Air Warfare Symposium, new nuclear air-launched cruise missile (LRSO), FAS Nuclear Notebook Published: US Nuclear Forces, 2016. There are also indications that the Air Force is planning on building significant electronic attack capability into the B-21 airframe (and the LRS family). The B-2 Spirit is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. The engines will be high in the body. That means a bomber like the B-21 has to have allowances for two feet or more of radar absorbent material coatings on every surface or the designers are forced to make trades as to which frequency bands they optimize the aircraft to operate in. Like a modified B-2: the B-21 will only have one bomb bay China ’ s frustrated to... 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