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US Air Force B-2 Spirit

Side-view of a B-2 in flight.

Summary

The B-2 Spirit is a 2-seat stealth bomber developed by Northrop-Grumman. It is a heavy penetration strategic bomber sporting low observable stealth technology for piercing into high density air defenses. It is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear payloads. There are currently 21 built.

Powers and Stats

Tier: Varies from 9-A to 8-C conventionally. 8-A to High 7-C with B61, up to Low 7-B with B83.

Name: B-2 Spirit

Origin: Real World

Classification: Stealth Bomber

Height: 5.18 meters

Length: 21 meters

Weight: Empty weight is around 5 metric tons, loaded weight is up to 6.8 metric tons.

Pilot(s): 1

Needed Prerequisite for Use: 2 crew members (1 pilot and a mission commander)

In use by: U.S Air Force

Powered by: Jet Fuel powering 4 General Electric F118-GE-100 turbofans

Operational Timeframe: Several hours, longer with mid-air refueling

Attack Potency: Varies. Small Building level (The Mark 82 bombs pack about 89 kg of Tritonal high explosives, which can produce around 421.3 megajoules on detonation) to Building level conventionally (A bomb such as the Mark 84 is packed with around 428.6 kg of Tritonal high explosive (which would produce about 1882.92552 megajoules upon detonation)). Multi-City Block level to Large Town level with B61 (The B61 has a variable yield of 0.3-340 kilotons), up to Small City level with B83 (The largest bomb it can carry, the B83, carries a maximum yield of 1.2 megatons)

Range: 11,100 kilometers, farther with Midair refueling, service ceiling of 15,200 meters.

Speed: Subsonic+ cruise speeds (Mach 0.85) with up to Transonic top flight speeds (Top speed is Mach 0.95). AGM-158 cruise missiles are at least Subsonic

Terrain: Air

Material: Carbon-graphite composite coated in various radar absorbent materials

Durability: Small Building level (Is around this size)

Weaknesses: Barring stealth, it has no defense against fighters.

Weaponry:

2 internal bays for ordnance and payload, official limit is 18000 kg, maximum estimated limit is 23000 kg, which is able to contain either:

  • 80x 500 lb bombs (Mk-82, GBU-38)
  • 36x 750 lb CBU class bombs on BRA
  • 16x 2000 lb bombs (Mk-84, GBU-31) mounted on a Rotary Launcher Assembly (RLA)
  • 16x B61 or B63 nuclear bombs
  • Standoff weapons: AGM-154 JSOW and AGM-158 JASSM