The US Air Force military released for the first time a picture of the latest stealth bomber concept being worked on with Northrop Grumman manufacturer. Nicknamed the B-21 Raider, this stealth bomber at a glance has the same shape as the famous ‘older brother’, the B-2 Spirit.
Citing the National Interest page, there are important differences between the two Northrop stealth bombers. The B-21 Raider, for example, moved the engine location closer to the wing base, while the General Electric F118-GE-100 engine on the B-2 Spirit was clearly separated from the fuselage.
The B-21 Raider aircraft, which has been working since 2015 and is predicted to be operated in 2025, also has the advantage of being able to carry a thermonuclear bomb, in addition to news that it can fly unmanned. As an illustration, thermonuclear bombs provide enormous explosive power generated from chain reactions between hydrogen isotopes at high temperatures.
Meanwhile, the B-2 stealth bomber has been known to be strong and cunning despite its conventional weaponry. Lieutenant Colonel Nicola Polidor, Commander of Detachment 5 Squadron of the 29th Training System of the United States, also a pilot of the B-2 Spirit, said that the plane that flew in 1989 was like a flying computer.
Another difference, the B-21 Raider engine air intake is tilted and jagged like the B-2 Spirit. The B-21 Raider also covers the infrared traces of its four engines, unlike the B-2.
In a nuclear mission, the US Air Force will arm the B-21 Raider with a Long-Range Stand-Off (LRSO) missile, a new generation nuclear cruise missile. It will also carry a B-61 nuclear bomb, specifically a new B61-12 bomb with “dial-a-yield” capability.
The new bomber will strengthen the US fleet of bombers. In addition to the B-2 Spirit, there is the Rockwell B-1 Lancer and the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. The plan, B-21 Raider will operate from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota and Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.
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