B2 Spirit Stealth Bomber

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The B2 Spirit Stealth Bomber is the strategic stealth heavy bomber of the United States.

B2 Spirit Stealth Bomber

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The B2 Spirit Stealth Bomber was introduced by Northrop Corporation in 1989, but was only operationally deployed in 1997 by the United States Air Force. The wing-shape of the B2 Spirit helps it evade radar detection and heavy layers of anti-air defense. It is made-up of carbon-graphite composite armor, and covered with radar and electromagnetic absorbent materials. It also has infrared sensors located at the top of the aircraft, thereby making it undetectable to enemy infrared sensors. B2 runs at 60 miles per hour ( Mach 0.95), flies at ceiling of 50,000 feet altitude, and carries a bomb payload of 40,000 pounds. This heavy penetration bomber can strike anywhere in the globe with either B61 nuclear bombs, MK82 JDAM, GBU38 class bombs, GBU43/B MOAB or the AGM-69 SRAM missiles.

B2 Spirit Stealth Bomber | USA

Weapons Base Power Stats
Country: United States
Deployed: 1997
Maker: Northrop
Length: 69 feet (21 meters)
Wingspan: 5,140 square feet (478 sqm)
Height: 17 feet (5.18 meters)
Max Speed: Mach 0.95 630 mph (1,010kph)
Range: 6900 miles (11,100 km)
Ceiling: 50,000 feet (15,200 m)
Loaded Weight: 336,500 pounds (152,200 kg)
Empty Weight: 158,000 pounds (71,700 kg)
Power: GE F118-GE-100 (4x)
Generated: 17,300 lbf (77 kN) each
Armor: Carbon-Graphite Composite
Bombs A: Mk-82 JDAM • GBU-38 (80x) 500lbs
Bombs B: CBU (36x) 750lbs
Bombs C: Mk-84 • GBU-31 (16x) 2,000lbs
Bombs D: B61 • B83 Nuclear (16x)
Bombs E: AGM-154 JSOW • AGM-158 JASSM
Bombs F: GBU43/B MOAB • AGM-69 SRAM
Weapons Payload: 40,000pounds (18,000 kg)
Crew: 2
Cost: $737 million (1997 Dollars)
Status: Active

B2 Spirit Stealth Bomber | USA

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