Dec, 2022 - By SMI
The U.S. Air Force unveils its new B-21 Raider stealth bomber on 3rd December 2022.
The B-21 Raider made by the Northorp Grumman Corporation, an American aerospace and defence technology organisation. The B-21 Raider with 6000 miles of range and a payload of 10 ton was introduced on 3rd December, 2022. With unveil of the B-21 raider it is evident that The US stealth technology has advanced significantly overall.
The engine and material technology used in plane are most clearly displayed by the thin air intake. With greater surface area to reflect off, an aircraft with large intake has higher probability of radar bouncing. The B-21 Raider was reportedly developed as a subsonic aircraft.
The B-21 Raider is the first 6th generation warplane ever built, according to Northorp Grumman Corporation. Despite this, the B-21 is superior to other production planes in terms of Digital capabilities and capacity for crewed and uncrewed missions. The B-21 will have cutting edge networking features.
The stealth bomber will have the ability to coordinate and communicate with other assets, such as satellite ground stations and other aircrafts, possibly even unmanned long-range aircraft. At least 100 of the aircraft will be procured by the US Air Force.
Six B-21 are currently being assembled and tested by Northorp Grumman at its Palmdale facility. Each nuclear- capable B-21 raider will cost around $569 million according to Air Force estimation. The software utilised in the B-21’s manufacturing process and the aircraft itself demonstrates its capabilities.
A software based digital twin was used for its design and production. Vertical stabilisers for increased stealth, a higher percentage of artificial intelligence, and the ability to fire directional energy weapons. These are some of the aspects that experts have endorsed. The US army will be equipped with these Raider in few years in large number.
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