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Messaggio da richelieu » 23 aprile 2022, 14:56

Alcune strutture a supporto della prima unità B-21 Raider presso la base aerea di Ellsworth, saranno pronte entro il 2024 ...
Some facilities supporting the first B-21 Raider unit at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., are to be ready by 2024, according to Air Force budget request documents, indicating the service anticipates a swift test and evaluation program for the new aircraft.
The Air Force announced last year that Ellsworth is to be the initial B-21 operating base and the formal training unit, or “schoolhouse,” for the bomber.
The base now hosts the B-1B Lancer.
According to justifications (the so-called “J-Books”) in the Air Force’s fiscal 2023 budget, just released, three military construction projects at Ellsworth are requested for a collective $328 million, including a Low Observables Restoration Facility, a Weapons Generation Facility, and a Radio Frequency Facility.

airforcemag.comSome B-21 Bomber Facilities at Ellsworth to be Ready for 2024

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Dove si parla di costi e di numeri ...
Ma, su questi ultimi, si fanno solo ipotesi ...
The Air Force expects to spend close to $20 billion on producing the B-21 Raider through fiscal 2027, but it doesn’t say how many of the advanced bombers it will buy for that cost.
Including research and development, USAF will spend more than $32 billion on the Raider through fiscal 2027, according to service budget documents.
airforcemag.comProducing New B-21 Bomber Will Cost $20 Billion Through 2027

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B-21 Raider ... l'USAF sta accelerando il programma ma, secondo il vicepresidente esecutivo e capo dell'ufficio finanziario di Northop Grumman David Keffer, i costi degli aerei di produzione a tariffa piena "devono ancora essere negoziati" ...
The Air Force is accelerating the B-21 program, Northrop Grumman President and Chief Executive Officer Kathy Warden told reporters on a quarterly earnings call.
The Air Force apparently permitted Northrop to discuss more of the highly classified program’s progress than in recent years.
Warden, talking with financial reporters April 28, said “the government is looking at layering” production of the Raider “on top of” its development phase.
Despite the acknowledgement that the program is speeding up, production rates on the B-21 remain classified, she said.
She noted that the B-21 effort has been successful enough to warrant a $67 million performance incentive fee for meeting an unnamed target in the first quarter.
Inflation has been playing havoc with other companies’ earnings because of fixed-price contracts, and to allay investor concerns, Warden also pointed out that while low-rate initial production of the B-21 is fixed-price, development is not.
Moreover, costs for full-rate production aircraft “have yet to be negotiated,” said David Keffer, Northop Grumman’s executive vice president and chief financial officer.
As for the production phase, “you can think of that as notionally around the ’25-’26 timeframe - he middle part of the decade,” Warden said.
airforcemag.comNew B-21 Raider Being Accelerated With Overlapping Development and Production

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Northrop Grumman beats Q1 estimates, reveals B-21 details ...
By Ryan Finnerty - 28 April 2022

Defence contractor Northrop Grumman beat earnings estimates for the first quarter of 2022 and predicts faster growth later in the year.
Chief executive Kathy Warden says the Virginia-based manufacturer was not materially impacted by pandemic-related headwinds that have created significant supply chain and labour challenges for rivals like Boeing.
Although the reported earnings of $955 million in the first three months of 2022 are a substantial decline from the $2.1 billion it logged in the same period last year, Northrop still beat expectations for the current period.
Other players in the defence industry have reported similar year-over-year declines.
Executives at Northrop struck an optimistic tone during a 28 April earnings call, saying they are on track to meet annual revenue targets and expect sales to accelerate in the second half of 2022.
Warden is particularly optimistic about the future impact of the B-21 Raider programme.
The Raider is a next-generation, nuclear-capable, long-range strategic bomber being developed by Northrop for the US Air Force (USAF).
Little is known about the secretive aircraft, other than it is intended to penetrate anti-access/area-denial air defences to launch precision strikes with either conventional or nuclear bombs.
The sky is the limit for the Raider programme, according to Northrop leaders.
On the 28 April earnings call, chief financial officer David Keffer revealed that the company received a $67 million incentive payment from the US government tied to performance on the project.
He also notes that the fiscal year 2023 proposed defence budget from the Biden administration marks the first time funds were requested for B-21 procurement, rather than for just research and development.
Warden says the first B-21 is now undergoing ground testing with the USAF, with test flights expected to follow.
Five additional test aircraft are in various stages of development.
The B-21 is expected to enter limited production next year.
During that period, the government will purchase individual aircraft at contractually set prices.
When the programme ultimately enters full production, Northrop and the USAF will negotiate a final per-unit price for B-21s.
Warden notes this provides a hedge against inflationary pressure in the supply chain.
Northrop expects full production to begin in 2026, with the B-21 fleet reaching initial operating capacity in 2029.
The new stealth bomber is a major pillar of Northrop’s defence business strategy, with executives projecting “robust funding” for the programme in years to come, although Warden notes that specifics on the procurement plan remain classified.
The B-21 represents one leg of the USA’s so-called “nuclear triad” of bombers, submarines and land-based ballistic missiles – all being capable of launching nuclear strikes.
Northrop is also under contract to develop the next generation of ground-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) for the USAF, which replace the long-serving Minuteman III ICBM.
The company also expects to see solid earnings from its various roles in the production of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and from sales of its E-2D Hawkeye aerial command and control aircraft.
Northrop says the E-2 programme will be dependent on foreign sales for revenue after 2025, but notes there is already strong interest overseas.
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Without explanation, the Air Force now says the first B-21 bomber will not make its first flight until 2023, pushing back at least six months from the previously expected timetable.
“Recently, the Air Force released a new estimate for first flight; projected for next year, 2023,” a service spokeswoman said May 20.
The service said it’s trying to be as “transparent” as it can be about the project, and “this estimate reflects the current status of the program.”
She did not attribute the delay to any particular cause.
Many other high-profile programs, such as Boeing’s T-7A trainer, have recently reported delays due to supply chain issues and labor shortages.
The B-21 “remains within its acquisition program baseline for cost, schedule, and performance established at Milestone B award, which was based on an independent government estimate for the program,” the spokeswoman said.
airforcemag.comB-21 Raider First Flight Now Postponed to 2023

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I lavori di messa a punto del B-21 continuano e, nonostante i ritardi accumulati, la data del "rollout" sembra essere imminente ...
Loads testing on the first B-21 Raider bomber is progressing well and matching computer predictions, and a rollout will closely follow completion of these tests and final equipment installs in the coming weeks, the program director said.
“The data we are seeing back from the loads calibration has been very promising and consistent with digital models,” said Randall Walden, director of USAF’s Rapid Capabilities Office, which is developing the B-21.
“We will complete these tests in the coming weeks and conduct a series of final systems installs and coatings before ultimately moving into flight line ground test operations after rollout,” Walden said through a spokesperson.
His comments indicate that there will be a formal rollout outside Northrop Grumman’s Palmdale, Calif., assembly plant before the B-21 test activities begin.
airforcemag.comLoads Data for New B-21 Stealth Bomber Confirms Digital Models; Rollout May Be Weeks Away

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Messaggio da richelieu » 12 agosto 2022, 12:25

Ieri RID ha lanciato, nella sua homepage, questo annuncio ... "Cancellato il progetto del wingman per il B-21" ...
Peccato che tale notizia risalga a quasi un mese fa :mrgreen: ...
Last year, Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall made headlines when he announced plans to develop a drone counterpart for the still-yet-to be unveiled B-21 stealth bomber.
Now, it appears the project is dead before it ever got off the ground.
“The idea of a similar range collaborative combat aircraft is not turning out to be cost effective, so it looks like we’re not going to go that direction,” he told Breaking Defense in an exclusive interview at the Royal International Air Tattoo.
After doing some analysis, the idea appears to be “less attractive than we thought it might be,” Kendall said, with the reasoning coming down to value.
Bombers are by nature large planes — not only so they can carry large weapons payloads, but so they can fly at the long ranges needed for an aircraft to conduct a strategic strike anywhere in the world.
But that size can drive cost, and in the end, the Air Force determined it wasn’t worth developing an unmanned B-21 counterpart that would be comparable in size to a large bomber.
breakingdefense.comEXCLUSIVE: Air Force scraps B-21 drone wingman concept

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Il rollout del B-21 Raider avverrà entro la fine del mese di Dicembre, ma, al momento, non è dato sapere quanta parte del velivolo verrà concesso di vedere ...
The B-21 Raider will roll out of Northrop Grumman’s Palmdale, Calif., plant in early December, Air Force acquisition executive Andrew Hunter said Sept. 20, but how much of the airplane will be visible remains to be seen.
During a press conference at AFA’s Air, Space and Cyber event in National Harbor, Md., Hunter said the new bomber will emerge from the factory “the first week of December,” meeting USAF’s forecast to roll it out this year.
Air Force officials have said supply chain and other issues delayed the rollout from occurring sooner.
When asked if the entire aircraft will be revealed at the rollout, Maj. Gen. Jason R. Armagost, Global Strike Command’s director of strategic plans, programs and requirements, told Air and Space Forces Magazine, “probably not.”
“You probably won’t see it from all aspects,” he said.
The Air Force doesn’t want China and other potential adversaries any more information about the aircraft than is necessary.
He declined to say whether features of the airplane will be concealed with tarps, or whether the aircraft will only be visible through a hangar door.
A Northrop spokesman said “it will not be a limited reveal,” but as with the B-2, photographs will be restricted from some angles.
As to when first flight is expected, neither Hunter nor Armagost would be specific, saying that flight testing will be event-driven.
When the B-2 bomber was rolled out in 1988, attendees were oriented such that they did not have a view of the rear deck of the aircraft, which featured an innovative new exhaust system to mask the jet’s infrared signature.
However, journalists (nota: AW&ST) flew a small airplane to fly over the plant and photographed it from above, making the concealment moot.
The features were further exposed when taxi tests began.
airandspaceforces.comFirst B-21 ‘Rollout‘ Planned for Early December

Anche qui … defensenews.comA first look at the B-21 Raider bomber is coming soon

Comunicato stampa … news.northropgrumman.comNorthrop Grumman to Unveil the B-21 Raider

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Messaggio da richelieu » 21 settembre 2022, 15:34

Oltre al fatto che ancora non si sa cosa verrà fatto vedere del B-21 in occasione del rollout ... si fanno tuttora illazioni su quali siano le sue reali dimensioni ...
Illustrations and renderings released by the Air Force show that the B-21 is a flying wing aircraft similar to the Northrop B-2, but with a V-shaped trailing edge instead of the Spirit’s sawtooth design.
But the renderings stop short of providing an exact sense of the size of the B-21 relative to the B-2, although the Raider is generally expected to be a smaller aircraft.
aviationweek.comB-21 Bomber Rollout Set For Early December

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Una notizia, risalente allo scorso Agosto, che era passata pressoché inosservata ...
Gli Stati Uniti sarebbero disposti a fornire i bombardieri B-21 all'Australia ...
A senior Washington official has indicated that the United States would consider providing Australia with B-21 Raider long-range bombers, if Canberra requested them.
US Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall was hosted in Canberra this week by the new chief of the Royal Australian Air Force, Air Marshal Robert Chipman. The two fielded questions at a media briefing.
It has long been accepted that the US wouldn’t provide allies such as Australia with platforms such as nuclear-powered submarines and certain aircraft such as the formidable and stealthy F-22 fighter.
At least in the case of submarines, the rapidly deteriorating global strategic situation brought a dramatic change in that thinking with the AUKUS agreement a year ago.
The AUKUS partnership opened the way for the UK and US to help Australia obtain the submarines and to collaborate on a range of other defence capabilities.
Asked by The Strategist if the US would consider allowing Australia to join its development of the B-21 to provide the RAAF with a long-range strike capability, Kendall said that, generally speaking, Australia acquired the weapon systems it needed for its defence.
‘And I think the United States, in general, would be willing to talk to Australia about anything that there was an interest in from the Australian perspective that we could help them with.’
aspistrategist.org.auSenior US official says Washington would consider supplying B-21 bombers to Australia

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