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Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider (LRS-B)

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In California he saw a “flesh and bones” version of the B-21 strike bomber, an in-development and important update to the bomber fleet. He saw the latest version of hypersonic weapons also being developed and built in California.

 

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According to the article ‚
Gen. Timothy Ray, the Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command and Air Forces Strategic-Air, U.S. Strategic Command, visited several organizations across the bomber test enterprise to receive first-hand updates on the progress of the B-21 program during a visit to Edwards Air Force Base and Plant 42, in California, May 5-6

His first stop was to Edwards AFB, where he met with the 419th Flight Test Squadron, Global Power Bomber Combined Test Force. He was updated on the organization’s continued efforts to test upgrades to the B-2 Spirit in order to modernize the B-2 and integrate future weapons systems.

He then visited the 420th Flight Test Squadron, B-21 CTF. Ray was briefed on the construct for the Combined Test Force and the benefits it will bring to bear for the B-21 program. The B-21 CTF is an integrated team of test professionals from Northrop Grumman, 420th FLTS and Detachment 5, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center. The B-21 CTF provided a comprehensive update on the team’s readiness to support the B-21 program when it transitions into flight test.

On the following day, Ray visited the Northrop Grumman facilities on Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California, and saw the significant progress made on the build of the first flight test aircraft that will one day make its way to Edwards AFB for flight testing. Northrop Grumman personnel updated Ray on build progress and the value of building those test articles using the same production line, tooling and procedures that will manufacture the final production aircraft.

And the lovely images assigned to the above article and got slightly excited was hoping to see lol

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A year from flight means rollout in.... 6 months?

I hope that the B-21 is rolled out in six months rooster. Though I would not like to say for sure, a lot of things can change in six months.
 

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Assuming nothing goes wrong.
Here's hoping. But I have to say everyone who seems to know anything about the project seems almost bubbly about it. After the last couple decades of defense department project fails it seems almost inexplicable how they could manage to produce an intercontinental stealth bomber on time and budget. Something I didn't know until just the last week is that the project is being managed by the RCO - which seems kinda bonkers to me, for such a big ticket item. But that group does seem to be part of the success story. I get the impression RCO is the champion of "good enough" and "off the shelf".
 

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Assuming nothing goes wrong.
Here's hoping. But I have to say everyone who seems to know anything about the project seems almost bubbly about it. After the last couple decades of defense department project fails it seems almost inexplicable how they could manage to produce an intercontinental stealth bomber on time and budget. Something I didn't know until just the last week is that the project is being managed by the RCO - which seems kinda bonkers to me, for such a big ticket item. But that group does seem to be part of the success story. I get the impression RCO is the champion of "good enough" and "off the shelf".
My pure speculation is that the B-21 is the great beneficiary of billions of prior black budget R&D. The cost of the first bomber is probably $20 billion if you took all this into account.
 

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Assuming nothing goes wrong.
Here's hoping. But I have to say everyone who seems to know anything about the project seems almost bubbly about it. After the last couple decades of defense department project fails it seems almost inexplicable how they could manage to produce an intercontinental stealth bomber on time and budget. Something I didn't know until just the last week is that the project is being managed by the RCO - which seems kinda bonkers to me, for such a big ticket item. But that group does seem to be part of the success story. I get the impression RCO is the champion of "good enough" and "off the shelf".
My pure speculation is that the B-21 is the great beneficiary of billions of prior black budget R&D. The cost of the first bomber is probably $20 billion if you took all this into account.
I agree, but I also think that the specs were written to only use established tech with minimal gold plating and goal post moving. That's the "good enough". The R&D of black projects, like the speculative RQ-180 for instance, meant that "off the shelf" included a lot of established technologies - ie, it was a big shelf. :)
 
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