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  • #31
    Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post

    Doesn't look "new"...just an upgrade of the B-2.
    But, but if it was just a copy, why is it more expensive than 20 years ago?

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Pruitt View Post

      But, but if it was just a copy, why is it more expensive than 20 years ago?

      Pruitt
      Well...everything is way more expensive than it was twenty years ago, and anything sold to the military is more expensive than that.
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      • #33
        Most of the improvements in modern weaponry is in the electronics. Think of the computer you had 20 years ago vs. your current one.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by johns624 View Post
          Most of the improvements in modern weaponry is in the electronics. Think of the computer you had 20 years ago vs. your current one.
          Composite materials have also helped a bit. Think kevlar or carbon fiber composites as examples.

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          • #35
            Which suggests that the B-1 design configuration on the outside at least was on point, although improvements in inlet/outlet no doubt would have been made. And with current generation of SAM missiles in mind, it will have better passive and offensive sensors to deal with them.
            Comparing it to the B-52 is just misguided, the Buff couldn’t even fly solo in the Gulf war and when it’s mission parameters were changed it struggled to fulfil its mission as successfully.
            To go deep inside a hostile airspace, the Buff wouldn’t last very long at all.
            "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
            Ernest Hemingway.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by G David Bock View Post

              Composite materials have also helped a bit. Think kevlar or carbon fiber composites as examples.
              Wasn't the original B-2 built primarily from composite materials?

              Overview, including the usual stupid politics: (see reason for retiring the B-1)

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northr...man_B-2_Spirit
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              • #37
                In the middle of last year there were less than ten operational B-1s capable of fulfilling all its missions. It’s been on high tempo operations since 9/11 and structural fatigue is setting in.
                B-2s readiness rate was below 50% and probably still is... one of the biggest issues is the stealth coating taking up so much of the maintenance hours. An overhaul of each B2 takes over a year to complete. So with the new stealth bomber, the designers may have been constantly reminded to build something that can have a higher operational tempo and less hours for maintenance.
                "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
                Ernest Hemingway.

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