US Air Force LRS-B Bomber Thread

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  1. Jeff Head
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    Well, I do not know.

    Compare the Northrup Grumman proposed LRS-B concept:

    Northrup-LRSB-01.jpg

    To an actual photo of the B-2:

    B2-001.jpg

    I believe the LRS-B is a bit smaller...and looking at the intakes, perhaps aspects of the form are more similar to the "cranked-kite" layout like the XC-47B...but they still look pretty darn similar.

    I am sure in terms of forming and stealth, the USAF has learned many things since the B-2 and have incorporated those lessons into designs like the X-47B, the RQ-180, and now into this aircraft.

    I guess we will have to wait and see what they actually build.
     
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    It looks like a much bigger version of the US Navy's X-47B drone.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Just so people can understand, the RQ-180 is a new HALE UAV that is designed to fly at over 60,000 feet and for over 24 hours in contested and well defended air space.

    It has an approximately 130-foot-wingspan, a high-tech robotic jet shape, and is formed and coated for maximum stealth.

    Northrup Grumman is building it and it is definitely an Area 51 project. The experience developing this aircraft definitely figured into the award I believe.

    Here are artist concepts.

    RQ180-01.jpg

    RQ180-02.jpg
     
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    Appeal!
     
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    B2 is supposed to be larger then LRS-B. If i remember the concept was half the payload half and half the range of the B2. It was supposed to use as much established tech as possible to keep cost manageable. So borrowing established tech from F35, F22, B2 and more. Since the program required a reduced radar cross section, NG and the LMB teams logically would have looked at there own drone programs. the J-UCAS programs and Flying wing drones offer established flight research and even flying scale models. So when Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin/Boeing team offered there concepts They based them on established drones. Northrop Grumman Scaled up there X47B Airframe. Lockheed/Boeing based there on the RQ170 and Phantom Ray as they had established Wind and flight dynamics data.

    Northrop Grumman is going full force they already opened a website for it.
    http://www.americasnewbomber.com/

    http://www.defensenews.com/story/de...e-hours-after-bomber-contract-award/74710378/
     
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    100% guessing here but if I'm a betting man I would say that the LRSB would be relatively similar in shape and form to the current B2, not too different than that conceptual drawing from NG you posted.

    I think we can say with relative amount of certainty that no matter what it looks like, it will most likely be of a 'flying wing' design with over fuselage intakes.
     
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    BREAKING NEWS LOL
    Northrop Launches LRS-B Website Hours After Bomber Contract Award
    http://www.defensenews.com/story/de...e-hours-after-bomber-contract-award/74710378/

    I visited that web-page and indeed
    http://capwiz.com/americasnewbomber/issues/alert/?alertid=67294626&PROCESS=Take+Action
    contains
     
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    http://www.defensenews.com/story/de...p-grumman-wins-usaf-bomber-contract/74661394/
     
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    http://www.defensenews.com/story/de...p-grumman-wins-usaf-bomber-contract/74661394/
     
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    It's a pretty big blow to Boeing.. they lost JSF, now they lost LRSB...C-17 ramping down, F-15s ramping down ..

    Airbus is also taking a good chunk out from the civilian market .. ironically China may save the day.... There is potential for a large quantity of orders from China for 737s and 777s.... and potentially 787 down the road.
     
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