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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The U.S. Air Force has five B-21 Raider bombers currently in various states of production at manufacturer Northrop Grumman’s plant in California, the service’s top civilian said on Monday.

“We have been living off of bomber fleet investments made many decades ago, but that is rapidly changing,” Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told the audience at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference here.

“As I speak there are now five test aircraft being manufactured on the B-21 production line at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California,” he said. “You will never hear me make optimistic predictions about programs. All programs have risk and the same is true of the B-21, but at this point at least, the program is making good progress to real fielded capability.”


Previously, the Air Force had only acknowledged two B-21 test aircraft in production — a sign that the program may be accelerating as it heads toward a planned first flight in 2022.

The Air Force plans to buy at least 100 B-21s, which will begin fielding in the mid-2020s.

It’s unclear how close Northrop Grumman is to finishing construction on the first B-21.

In January, Randall Walden, who directs the Air Force’s Rapid Capability Office that manages the B-21 program, stated that the first aircraft had not yet begun final assembly but was “really starting to look like a bomber.”

Production of the second Raider — which will be used to validate the air vehicle — showed signs of becoming more efficient, Walden said at the time, and Northrop was working on creating more space at its plant to begin work on additional test aircraft.

“The second one is really more about structures, and the overall structural capability,” he said. “We’ll go in and bend it, we’ll test it to its limits, make sure that the design and the manufacturing and the production line make sense.”

https://news.yahoo.com/northrop-grumman-now-five-b-202836207.html
 

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Read a bit about this - it seems very little has been revealed. It'll be interesting to see what it is capable of. The Americans do make some crazy stuff.
 

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The Air Force plans to buy at least 100 B-21s, which will begin fielding in the mid-2020s.
Americans operate on a different scale than the rest of the world.. "at least 100 B-21s"
You guys will end up using it on some people who don't even have two matching shoes and two consecutive meals is a luxury for them.
 

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The U.S. Air Force has five B-21 Raider bombers currently in various states of production at manufacturer Northrop Grumman’s plant in California, the service’s top civilian said on Monday.

“We have been living off of bomber fleet investments made many decades ago, but that is rapidly changing,” Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told the audience at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference here.

“As I speak there are now five test aircraft being manufactured on the B-21 production line at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California,” he said. “You will never hear me make optimistic predictions about programs. All programs have risk and the same is true of the B-21, but at this point at least, the program is making good progress to real fielded capability.”
US is working on adopting certain processes to speed up it's advance fighter jet development at a pace never seen before since WWII.
 

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Americans operate on a different scale than the rest of the world.. "at least 100 B-21s"
You guys will end up using it on some people who don't even have two matching shoes and two consecutive meals is a luxury for them.
Just like the Russians did in Syria?
 

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Just like the Russians did in Syria?
Yep.

Just like the Russians in Syria. Iranians and Saudis in Yemen. UAE, Turks in Libya. India in Kashmir etc etc.

Poor man gets a bad deal in life in general everywhere. But more so in warzones. Rich manage to flee.

*forgot to add Israelis in Palestine.
 

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I want to see pictures of this beast! :D
It is rumored to be almost similar looking as the B-2, maybe a bit smaller. Minor changes to the exterior but more fuel efficient engines and lighter carbon fiber wing and aramid/kevlar components for weight reduction and more payload+fuel capacity.

A few images (artists' renders), first flight will be mid-2022...



 
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Just like the Russians did in Syria?
Yes yes, I know that the Russians are helping Assad in "killing civilians, including women and children". I know this from the respectable Obomba and Bliar saying this right in 2011. The Russians also provided chemicals to Assad to gas Syrian civilians a short distance from a UNO investigation team. Assad must be removed !
 
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