Assembling Sixth-Generation Strategic Bombers: The US Initiative
US Air Force Deputy Secretary Christine Jones said US industry is currently assembling 6 sixth-generation B-21 Raider strategic bombers.
This despite the fact that Jones did not name the total number of these aircraft, but only said that the Pentagon expressed satisfaction with the possible pace of deliveries.
Notably, the B-21 Raider bomber was revealed in early December 2022 and is expected to become the US Air Force’s main strategic bomber. The bomber is also expected to make its first test flight this year.
It is noteworthy that the B-21 Raider is the world’s first sixth generation bomber and can carry both conventional and nuclear weapons.
It is noteworthy that the weight of the empty aircraft was 16,391 kg, the weight of the armed aircraft was 24,495 kg, the maximum takeoff weight was 29,710 kg, the maximum speed was 516 km/h, and the economic speed was 400 km/h. h, operating range 3219 km, maximum flight altitude 10850 m, wingspan 31.62 m. m, aircraft length 22.66 m, height 5.85 m.
Source: Russian newspaper