Wilson discussed the bomber during a speech at an AFA Mitchell Institute in Washington, DC, saying, "Don't hold me to it, but it's something like days to first flight," and that he was "counting down the days" using an app on his phone. Little is known about the new bomber, which is being built by Northrop Grumman, with the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office managing the project. It will be able to carry both conventional and nuclear payloads, and will be the military's second stealth bomber, along with the B-2, which is set to retire sometime in the s. According to Foxtrot Alpha, the B Raider will also be a ghost bomber — capable of flying without a crew inside. Wilson said the Air Force would require at least Bs, but it hasn't figured out whether the service will keep using the B-1 and B-2, or opt to rely on the new B and the BH Stratofortress , a long-range, multirole, subsonic heavy bomber set to retire in the s. The B passed its Critical Design Review, an important milestone in weapon construction, in December, according to Popular Mechanics.
British F-35s train with US B-2s for the first time
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A dramatic leap forward in technology, the bomber represents a major milestone in the U. The B-2 brings massive firepower to bear, in a short time, anywhere on the globe through previously impenetrable defenses. Air Force photo by Bobbie Garcia. A B-2 Spirit bomber flies across an open stretch of sky.
The bomber is expected to enter service by A request for proposal to develop the aircraft was issued in July A media report states that the bomber could also be used as an intelligence gatherer , battle manager , and interceptor aircraft.
During this deployment, two B-2s also made the aircraft's first visit to Iceland. B-2s are generally kept at specific bases, including Fairfoird and Whiteman, partly because only a few bases have the necessary capacity to protect the bomber's radar-absorbing stealth covering. But the US military has increased its presence in Iceland as a deterrent to Russian aggression. Source: UK Ministry of Defense. Source: Business Insider.