[Photos] Top Secret Desert Assembly Plant Starts Ramping Up To Build Northrop's B-21 Bomber

Submitted by: trimble 1 week ago in News & Politics Tech

Several concepts of the B-21 bomber.

A once-empty parking lot at Northrop Grumman Corp.’s top secret aircraft plant in Palmdale, California is now jammed with cars that pour in during the predawn hours.

More than a thousand new employees are working for the time being in rows of temporary trailers, a dozen tan-colored tents and a vast assembly hangar at the desert site near the edge of urban Los Angeles County.

It is here that Northrop is building the Air Force’s new B-21 bomber, a stealthy bat-winged jet that is being designed to slip behind any adversary’s air defense system and deliver devastating airstrikes for decades to come. The Pentagon is aiming to buy 100 of the bombers by the mid-2030s for at least $80 billion, though the exact amount is classified.
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Male 343
Is manned aircraft a good investment?
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Male 1,593
taxidriver Do you want more hackable drones flying around?
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Male 343
squidbush Everything is hackable one way or another. But if we have billion dollar aircraft going against drones that cost 10 or 20k, we will have a serious problem.
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Male 177
Now the civilians will never know what hit them.
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Male 383
Cancel this program and you can provide college education to all Americans with a huge wad of cash left over. This is insanity, USA, folks. 
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Male 969
mrsnowmeiser well, $1,000 to 80 million people.  So not quite.
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Male 383
punko It's estimated to cost $45-75 billion a year, depending on how you cut the specifics. This is based on Sanders' plan, mind you.  

https://www.fastcompany.com/3055603/how-much-would-bernie-sanders-plan-to-make-college-free-actually-cost

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Male 969
Why would the exact amount be classified ? How is the exact value a risk ?  Anyone ?
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Male 1,593
punko The enemy might be able to figure out what options we are getting. You know, like sunroof, extra chrome, turbo chargers...
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Male 1,530
squidbush stow-n-go third row seating? That’s good for $15B alone.
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Male 9
These guys are nasty
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Male 8,715
I tried looking up information on the stealth bomber...but I couldn't find it.
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Male 21,025
So an update on the Stealth?
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Male 5,213
fancylad I was a bit puzzled by this story, too, so I did a smidgen of research. Apparently, the B-2 stealth bomber is becoming increasingly vulnerable to new lower-frequency radars that can detect it. The  B-21--which is expected to look a lot like the B-2--will include design features to make it virtually invisible to even the low-frequency radars.
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Male 1,530
squrlz4ever invisible to everyone except for the US taxpayer, who will see the bill coming at them a mile away...
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Male 5,213
woodyville06 Shhh! Don't you want America to be safe? Just be quiet and pay your taxes. And don't you dare breathe a word about how other countries have free healthcare and free higher education.
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