Rarely, the US Air Force and Northrop Grumman publish some photos of the future B-21 Raider bomber as it begins its ground engine tests. Its maiden flight is planned for the end of the year.
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While the B-2 Spirit bomber will receive an update aimed at implementing a secure communications system to receive data and enter theuniverseuniverse of collaborative combat, his future replacement is preparing to take theairair. While awaiting a maiden flight before the end of the year, Northrop Grumman has just carried out ground tests of the stealth bomber’s engines B-21 Raider.
The images provided by the manufacturer and the US Air Force are rare enough for this to be exceptional. There is no doubt that many countries, whether allied or hostile, will seek to know more about the characteristics of the future flagship of the US Air Force. The slightest snapshot of the camera is thus commented on and dissected. The production of these photos as part of the engine tests therefore had to be perfectly calibrated so that the bomber did not reveal its secrets, while still making a great communication operation.
The replacement for the B-2 spirit on track
Engine testing of the B-21 takes place at Northrop’s Palmdale, California, facility. These engines are designed to ensure both its stealth capabilities and also a very long range. The latter should allow it to operate anywhere in the world, starting from American territory.
Just like the B-2 SpiritSpirit updated, the bomber will be designed for collaborative combat. It should initially evolve alongside the B-1B Lancer bombers, the B-2 and even the ancestral B-52J Stratofortress. It will eventually replace the first two and, in 2050, the B-52. The bomber will be able to carry out reconnaissance or electronic warfare missions, as well as transport, drop, or fire conventional weapons as well as nuclear deterrence.
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