The B-2 Bomber Is Still Getting "Game-Changing" Upgrades As Focus Shifts To The B-21
The upgrades the B-2 and its sustainment program are getting now will have a direct influence on the capabilities of the B-21 in the future.
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August 23, 2019 - by Joseph Trevithick for thedrive.com
- "These engineering frontiers that we've taken on with B-2 are setting the course for the B-21," Janis Pamiljans, President of Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector and the company's Corporate Vice President, said at the event. "While I can't talk much about the details of the B-21, I can share this with you."
The War Zone recently had a chance to visit Northrop Grumman's facilities at the Air Force's Plant 42 complex as part of an event to mark the 30th anniversary of the first flight of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.
Northrop said it has and continues to leverage lessons from the B-2 program to support work on the new B-21 Raider, but also highlighted how it is still adding "game-changing" capabilities to the existing Spirits, including major upgrades as part of the Defensive Management System Modernization program, as well as improving the processes for sustaining and maintaining the bombers.
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America's stealth bombers still have many years of life left in them and will find themselves flying alongside B-21s, at least for a period, as the Air Force begins to take delivery of the new aircraft in the next few years.
The B-2's actual first flight occurred at Plant 42 on July 17, 1989, though the ceremony was on Aug. 20, 2019, more than a month after the official anniversary, due to planning constraints. Plant 42, which also houses Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works and Boeing's Phantom Works, among other sites, still supports a number of highly classified projects, including the B-21, and remains subject to very tight security...
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