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America has always been the world’s leader in technology and military might. Even when Barrack Obama and Joe Biden did their darndest to limit our effectiveness.
And now our technology and military might have delivered something awe-inspiring. Something to put the Communists in China back on their heels.
The B-21 Raider is the first new American bomber aircraft in more than 30 years. Almost every aspect of the program is classified.
The sunset began at the Air Force’s Plant 42 in Palmdale as the public caught its first glimpse of the Raider in a highly guarded event.
As you can imagine, it was by invitation only.
It started with a ceremonial flyover of the three stealth bombers still in service: the B-52 Stratofortress, the B-1 Lancer, and the B-2 Spirit.
Then the hangar doors slowly opened and the B-21 was revealed in all its glory. Towed partially out of the building, its wheels barely touched the outer pavement.
China is on track to have nearly 1,500 nuclear weapons by 2035. That’s enough to break the earth and put all humans under a cloud of permanent radiation.
But China’s military strength is still growing. Their gains in hypersonics, cyber warfare, and space capabilities present “the most consequential and systemic challenge to U.S. national security and the free and open international system,” the Pentagon said this week in its annual China report.
“We needed a new bomber for the 21st Century that would allow us to take on much more complicated threats, like the threats that we fear we would one day face from China and Russia,” said Deborah Lee James, the Air Force secretary when the Raider contract was announced in 2015.
“While the Raider may resemble the B-2, once you get inside, the similarities stop,” said Kathy Warden, chief executive of Northrop Grumman Corp., which is building the bomber.
Warden went on to say, “The way it operates internally is extremely advanced compared to the B-2 because the technology has evolved so much in terms of the computing capability that we can now embed in the software of the B-21.”
“Fifty years of advances in low-observable technology have gone into this aircraft,” Austin said. “Even the most sophisticated air defense systems will struggle to detect a B-21 in the sky.”
Other cool features that won’t be released to the public probably include advancements in electronic emissions, giving the beast of a bomber capabilities to confuse enemy radars and disguise itself.
There’s likely a new propulsion system as well. Though, that information will be highly classified.
“It is incredibly low observability,” Warden said. “You’ll hear it, but you really won’t see it.”
“The magic of the platform,” Warden said, “is what you don’t see.”
This is the type of weapon that gets us chanting “USA, USA!” It almost makes you want China to throw the first punch.
We’re ready you commies! Bring it on!