B-21 bomber praised for financial efficiency, but something is fishy

We are getting mere crumbs of information regarding the most important U.S. military program in decades: the B-21 bomber.

Here is yet another scrap, this time from Bloomberg:


While I think the official rendering of the bomber is just propaganda, and the real thing probably will not resemble the B-2, it is very intriguing that the concept art shows no exhaust ports.

Perhaps this feature represents a clue about the propulsion technology?

Articles that purport to describe the bomber’s capabilities just spout vague pronouncements.

I have no reason to doubt the public expressions of praise about the business aspects of the program. Officials are obviously very confident that the company can meet cost requirements.

But exactly how and why they are able to virtually guarantee this result is a deep mystery.

I suspect it stems from the real possibility that the basic platform has already been developed and extensively prototyped; in other words, flown.

The fact remains that we still have no idea, for example, how large it will be, how fast will it fly, payload capacity, exactly how much it will cost, etc.


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