Air Force reveals B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber

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  1. AMDR

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    Air Force reveals B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber
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    By Mike Martin, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

    WASHINGTON (AFNS) --
    Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James revealed the first rendering of the Long Range Strike Bomber, designated the B-21, at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium Feb. 26 in Orlando, Fla., and announced the Air Force will be taking suggestions from Airmen to help decide the name of the bomber.

    “This aircraft represents the future for our Airmen, and (their) voice is important to this process,” James said. “The Airman who submits the selected name will help me announce it at the (Air Force Association) conference this fall.”

    Read the rest of the article here: http://www.af.mil/mobile/News/tabid...ce-reveals-b-21-long-range-strike-bomber.aspx
     
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    The estimated cost of a single one of these baby's is $550 million, I predict that by the time we get to the end of development it will pass $1 billion. |Greedy|

    The contract is in Northrop's hands, it was a good idea to keep this project far away from Lockheed Martin. Those guys went seriously over budget with the F-35. Does anyone have more information on this project or are we too early in?
     
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    Very little is being released by the Air Force but a few technical things are known at this point:

    -Optionally manned
    -Broadband Stealth
    -Introduction around 2025
    -Very Good surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities
    -Likely to have a max payload that is less than the B-2
     
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    Falcon Major Staff Member Social Media Team

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    Also the latest and greatest weapons. Definitely death ray lasers.

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    “The B-21 has been designed from the beginning based on a set of requirements that allows the use of existing and mature technology,” James said.
    http://www.af.mil/mobile/News/tabid...ce-reveals-b-21-long-range-strike-bomber.aspx

     
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    Another big thing to watch for will be the use of cyber as an offensive weapon that the B-21 can use against hostile air-defense networks.

    A computer virus called "Suter" was developed by BAE about a decade ago to infect an IADS, and then do all sorts of crazy stuff with their radar systems. Israel is rumored to have used it on the Syrians in Operation Orchard in 2007. The Next-Generation Jammer under development by the US Navy is also supposed to possess some similar cyber-attack capabilities, as well as the F-35 in future Block updates.

    If that was almost a decade ago, imagine what kind of crazy cyber weapons they will have by 2025 when the B-21 enters service. Its pretty scary.

    From: http://www.airforce-technology.com/features/feature1669/

    "Once NCCT localises and identifies the target, Senior Suter goes to work. The Suter technology enables USAF operators to invade enemy communications and computer networks, particularly those associated with integrated air defence systems, while preventing enemy operators from understanding or counteracting the exact nature of the invasion.

    First, the Suter technology pinpoints the actual antennas that are creating the emissions. The actual precision of the location is not known, but a reasonable guess is that Suter reduces the target zone initially calculated by NCCT by at least an order of magnitude, which implies tens of feet if not single digits.

    After pinpointing the target antennas, Suter then performs its real magic – beaming electronic pulses into the antennas that effectively corrupt, if not hijack, the processing systems that present the enemy operators with their physical picture of the battlefield.

    Unlike classic jamming or EMP attacks, these data streams do not flood enemy electronics with excess 'noise' or power, but instead insert customised signals, including specialised algorithms and malware, into the vulnerable processing nodes.

    Continuing the viral analogy, network invaders can then extend their 'e-tack' from network to network until they reach the target's communications loop. "Whether the network is wireless or wired doesn't matter anymore," says one expert."
     
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    In 2007 the Aurora Generator test was conducted by the Idaho National Library and it showed that a cyber attack can physically destroy something in this case a diesel generator that could be used at a power plant.



    The only thing that googles my mind about air craft with cyber weapons is how they are delivered?
     
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    Probably similar to electronic warfare aircraft, on how it uses its jamming devices.
     
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    Cyber Attacks are made up of jamming aka Denial of Service so I think jamming is on the list, it is possible that it could try to deliver virus and worms by getting close to enemy networks.
     
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    USAF basing revised bomber count on 'minimum' of 100 B-21s

    20 APRIL, 2016
    BY: JAMES DREW
    WASHINGTON DC

    US Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) expects to complete an analysis of its bomber force numbers by the end of this calendar year, but already says that number will be based around a “minimum” operational requirement for 100 Northrop Grumman B-21s.

    The major command’s chief Gen Robin Rand said at the Air Warfare Symposium in February that America’s needs somewhere between “175 and 200” combined strategic and conventional bombers.

    The command counts 159 bombers in its inventory today including the B-1B, B-52H and B-2A.

    “AFGSC continues to analyse the required future bomber force structure which includes successfully fielding a minimum of 100 B-21s,” an AFGSC spokeswoman says in an email. “AFGSC is very focused on ensuring we are ready with properly trained operators and maintainers for the B-21. The minimum of 100 B-21s that we intend to field will fly with a mix of legacy bombers and the total number of bombers required is still being evaluated.”

    More at: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/a...evised-bomber-count-on-minimum-of-100-424433/
     
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    The Name Of The USAF's New B-21 Stealth Bomber Is...

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    During her 'State of The Air Force' speech at USAF Association's national conference in Washington DC, Secretary Deborah James has unveiled the name of the Northrop Grumman B-21 Long-Range Strike Bomber.

    That name is Raider.

    The name supposedly came from a crowdsourcing campaign of the USAF’s ranks, although some indications are that such an initiative was never taken too seriously. Still, James states that two Airman came up with the name, and profiled them in her speech.

    ...

    |Bored|

    I don't like it.
     
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