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Alcune strutture a supporto della prima unità B-21 Raider presso la base aerea di Ellsworth saranno pronte entro il 2024 ...

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Some facilities supporting the first B-21 Raider unit at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., are to be ready by 2024, according to Air Force budget request documents, indicating the service anticipates a swift test and evaluation program for the new aircraft.
The Air Force announced last year that Ellsworth is to be the initial B-21 operating base and the formal training unit, or “schoolhouse,” for the bomber. 
The base now hosts the B-1B Lancer.
According to justifications (the so-called “J-Books”) in the Air Force’s fiscal 2023 budget, just released, three military construction projects at Ellsworth are requested for a collective $328 million, including a Low Observables Restoration Facility, a Weapons Generation Facility, and a Radio Frequency Facility.

... airforcemag.com ... https://www.airforcemag.com/some-b-21-bomber-facilities-at-ellsworth-to-be-ready-for-2024/ ...

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Dove si parla di costi e di numeri ... 
Ma, su questi ultimi, si fanno solo ipotesi ...

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The Air Force expects to spend close to $20 billion on producing the B-21 Raider through fiscal 2027, but it doesn’t say how many of the advanced bombers it will buy for that cost. 
Including research and development, USAF will spend more than $32 billion on the Raider through fiscal 2027, according to service budget documents.

... airforcemag.com ... https://www.airforcemag.com/producing-new-b-21-bomber-will-cost-20-billion-through-2027/ ...

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B-21 Raider ... l'USAF sta accelerando il programma ma, secondo il vicepresidente esecutivo e capo dell'ufficio finanziario di Northop Grumman David Keffer, i costi degli aerei di produzione a tariffa piena "devono ancora essere negoziati" ...

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The Air Force is accelerating the B-21 program, Northrop Grumman President and Chief Executive Officer Kathy Warden told reporters on a quarterly earnings call. 
The Air Force apparently permitted Northrop to discuss more of the highly classified program’s progress than in recent years.
Warden, talking with financial reporters April 28, said “the government is looking at layering” production of the Raider “on top of” its development phase. 
Despite the acknowledgement that the program is speeding up, production rates on the B-21 remain classified, she said. 
She noted that the B-21 effort has been successful enough to warrant a $67 million performance incentive fee for meeting an unnamed target in the first quarter.
Inflation has been playing havoc with other companies’ earnings because of fixed-price contracts, and to allay investor concerns, Warden also pointed out that while low-rate initial production of the B-21 is fixed-price, development is not.
Moreover, costs for full-rate production aircraft “have yet to be negotiated,” said David Keffer, Northop Grumman’s executive vice president and chief financial officer.
As for the production phase, “you can think of that as notionally around the ’25-’26 timeframe - he middle part of the decade,” Warden said.

... airforcemag.com ... https://www.airforcemag.com/new-b-21-raider-being-accelerated-with-overlapping-development-and-production/ ...

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Northrop Grumman beats Q1 estimates, reveals B-21 details ...
By Ryan Finnerty - 28 April 2022

Defence contractor Northrop Grumman beat earnings estimates for the first quarter of 2022 and predicts faster growth later in the year.
Chief executive Kathy Warden says the Virginia-based manufacturer was not materially impacted by pandemic-related headwinds that have created significant supply chain and labour challenges for rivals like Boeing.
Although the reported earnings of $955 million in the first three months of 2022 are a substantial decline from the $2.1 billion it logged in the same period last year, Northrop still beat expectations for the current period. 
Other players in the defence industry have reported similar year-over-year declines.
Executives at Northrop struck an optimistic tone during a 28 April earnings call, saying they are on track to meet annual revenue targets and expect sales to accelerate in the second half of 2022.
Warden is particularly optimistic about the future impact of the B-21 Raider programme. 
The Raider is a next-generation, nuclear-capable, long-range strategic bomber being developed by Northrop for the US Air Force (USAF).
Little is known about the secretive aircraft, other than it is intended to penetrate anti-access/area-denial air defences to launch precision strikes with either conventional or nuclear bombs.
The sky is the limit for the Raider programme, according to Northrop leaders. 
On the 28 April earnings call, chief financial officer David Keffer revealed that the company received a $67 million incentive payment from the US government tied to performance on the project.
He also notes that the fiscal year 2023 proposed defence budget from the Biden administration marks the first time funds were requested for B-21 procurement, rather than for just research and development.
Warden says the first B-21 is now undergoing ground testing with the USAF, with test flights expected to follow. 
Five additional test aircraft are in various stages of development.
The B-21 is expected to enter limited production next year. 
During that period, the government will purchase individual aircraft at contractually set prices. 
When the programme ultimately enters full production, Northrop and the USAF will negotiate a final per-unit price for B-21s.
Warden notes this provides a hedge against inflationary pressure in the supply chain. 
Northrop expects full production to begin in 2026, with the B-21 fleet reaching initial operating capacity in 2029.
The new stealth bomber is a major pillar of Northrop’s defence business strategy, with executives projecting “robust funding” for the programme in years to come, although Warden notes that specifics on the procurement plan remain classified.
The B-21 represents one leg of the USA’s so-called “nuclear triad” of bombers, submarines and land-based ballistic missiles – all being capable of launching nuclear strikes. 
Northrop is also under contract to develop the next generation of ground-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) for the USAF, which replace the long-serving Minuteman III ICBM.
The company also expects to see solid earnings from its various roles in the production of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and from sales of its E-2D Hawkeye aerial command and control aircraft.
Northrop says the E-2 programme will be dependent on foreign sales for revenue after 2025, but notes there is already strong interest overseas.

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Without explanation, the Air Force now says the first B-21 bomber will not make its first flight until 2023, pushing back at least six months from the previously expected timetable.
“Recently, the Air Force released a new estimate for first flight; projected for next year, 2023,” a service spokeswoman said May 20. 
The service said it’s trying to be as “transparent” as it can be about the project, and “this estimate reflects the current status of the program.” 
She did not attribute the delay to any particular cause. 
Many other high-profile programs, such as Boeing’s T-7A trainer, have recently reported delays due to supply chain issues and labor shortages.
The B-21 “remains within its acquisition program baseline for cost, schedule, and performance established at Milestone B award, which was based on an independent government estimate for the program,” the spokeswoman said.

... airforcemag.com ... https://www.airforcemag.com/b-21-raider-first-flight-now-postponed-to-2023/ ...

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I lavori di messa a punto del B-21 continuano e, nonostante i ritardi accumulati, la data del "rollout" sembra essere imminente ...

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Loads testing on the first B-21 Raider bomber is progressing well and matching computer predictions, and a rollout will closely follow completion of these tests and final equipment installs in the coming weeks, the program director said.
“The data we are seeing back from the loads calibration has been very promising and consistent with digital models,” said Randall Walden, director of USAF’s Rapid Capabilities Office, which is developing the B-21.
“We will complete these tests in the coming weeks and conduct a series of final systems installs and coatings before ultimately moving into flight line ground test operations after rollout,” Walden said through a spokesperson.
His comments indicate that there will be a formal rollout outside Northrop Grumman’s Palmdale, Calif., assembly plant before the B-21 test activities begin.

 ... airforcemag.com ... https://www.airforcemag.com/loads-data-for-new-b-21-stealth-bomber-confirms-digital-models-rollout-may-be-just-weeks-away/ ...

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