November 20th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– Al Mayadeen – – translated by Samer Hussein –
The Pentagon is preparing for a new generation of stealth bombers, this time inspired by Star Trek and shaped as bats, the Times newspaper said.
The B-21 Raider is a very long-range, stealth strategic bomber that is capable of delivering conventional or thermonuclear weapons.
The US Department of Defense has assigned its engineers working in the field to design and build new generation of stealth bombers that will greatly enhance the capabilities of the US Air Force, protect pilots from risk and limit the ability to identify US bombardments and the (illegal) incursions as the aircrafts are capable of making themselves partly invisible.
The newspaper pointed out that for now Russians are considered to be the most prominent in the field of air defense, noting that Russian air defense systems can detected aerial targets within the range of 340 miles.
According to the newspaper, the B-21 bomber, which will cost about $550 million per unit, will be developed at Plant 42, a heavily guarded facility in the Californian desert northeast of Los Angeles.
The plant is run by Northrop Grumman, the company that won the $ 80 billion contract for bombers (and whose exact quantity remains top secret).
The company currently has some 3,000 employees working at the site, with their number expected to almost double by 2019 in order to ensure that the next- generation bombers will be ready for delivery by mid- 2030.
“The bombers will have a range of functions to operate independently, will be able to fly deep into enemy territory when necessary and make themselves partly invisible and thus remain undetected by radars”, said Col. Carpenter.