THE B-2 BOMBER
The B-2 Stealth Bomber is a marvelous military aircraft like no other. It is one of the most advanced, sophisticated & most expensive with each costing $2 billion dollars. It is designed to penetrate dense anti-aircraft defenses & manufactured with state of the art stealth technology which enable it to penetrate enemy airspace undetected or almost undetected by any radar.
|The B-2 Aerial Refueling|
The B-2 Stealth Bomber is massive. It is 69 feet long, 17 feet high with a wing span of 172 foot. It weighs at 154 000 pounds when empty and 375 000 pounds when loaded. It's capable of carrying up to 40 000 pounds of conventional, laser guided or nuclear bombs and missiles.
To be undetected, the B-2 has a variety of techniques that make it invisible to enemy radar which are; Its smooth surface & shape , it appears to change shape from whatever angle its viewed from confusing the radar and radar beams that lock onto it are either reflected into outer space or are reduced and absorbed, it's coated with Radar Absorbent Materials (R.A.M) e.g carbon fiber composites and top secret reflective paint and it has electronic counter measures e.g jamming the enemies radar.
80% of the B-2 Stealth Bomber's structure is made from fiber carbon composite which is lighter than aluminium and stronger than steal. It's powered by 4 low noise General Electric F118 engines each providing almost 19 000 pounds of thrust. The aircraft flies at a top speed of about 680 miles per hour and a service ceiling of 60 000 feet. It can fly 6 000 miles without refueling and 10 000 miles with one refueling. No target in the world is safe from its weapons.
Currently, there are only 21 B-2 Spirit Stealth Bombers in the world all owned by United States Air Force.