We’ve Got A New Plane That Will Send KJU To His Hiding Hole Permanently
One thing that no other country will ever be able to match the United States on is superiority when it comes to the planes our military has at its disposal.
One of the hallmarks of then-candidate Donald Trump’s run for office was a promise to expand and improve our nation’s military forces, and since taking office, the president has taken steps to fulfill that promise.
One aspect of the expansion and modernization of the military is the U.S. Air Force’s dire need for new strike bomber aircraft, and a recent report from the Los Angeles Times revealed that construction on just such a weapon is on the verge of beginning.
Activity has reportedly ramped up at the Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California, where defense contractor Northrop Grumman is expected to perform the bulk of development and construction on the next-generation B-21 Raider long-range stealth bomber.
Northrop won the contract to produce the B-21 in 2015 — beating a combined team of Boeing and Lockheed Martin — and the Pentagon has plans to purchase about 100 of the bombers by the mid-2030s, at an estimated cost of about $550 million per plane.
In March, Defense News reported that the B-21 had cleared one of the final hurdles prior to beginning production.
That hurdle was a preliminary design review, and Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson informed the House Armed Services Committee in March that his branch of the military was pleased with what they had seen of the advanced aircraft thus far.
With that out of the way, the L.A. Times noted that business has picked up at the somewhat secretive aircraft manufacturing plant in southern California, where the facility is being expanded by nearly half its current size and jobs are being added at a rapid pace.
There are already some 3,000 employees working at the Palmdale plant, but Kevin Mitchell — deputy vice president of global operations — estimated that there could be as many as 5,200 employees at the plant by 2019.
The Palmdale facility is the site where the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber was produced, which the new B-21 somewhat resembles as it shares the same “boomerang” or triangular wedge shape, but that is where the similarities reportedly will end.
Obviously, not much information has been released to the public thus far regarding technical details of the aircraft or its full capabilities, but it is expected to be able to evade even advanced radar systems, be flown with or without a crew, utilize multiple integrated and interchangeable systems, and even carry nuclear bombs in addition to a conventional payload of explosives.