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Here's An Idea: The Air Force Builds 200 B-21 Stealth Bombers

Here's An Idea: The Air Force Builds 200 B-21 Stealth BombersThe B-21 has disappeared into the “black” world of military technology, and will only reemerge when the bomber is ready.On October 27, 2015, nearly thirty-four years to the day after Northrop Grumman was awarded the contract to develop the first stealth bomber, the U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop a contract for a new bomber: the B-21 Raider. While many of the details of the Raider are shrouded in mystery, we do know a few things about it, and can infer others.(This first appeared in 2017.)The B-21 Raider bomber takes its name from both the twenty-first century and the legendary 1942 raid by Gen. James “Jimmy” Doolittle’s force of B-25 Mitchell bombers against targets in and around Tokyo, Japan. In invoking the Doolittle Raid, the Air Force is drawing attention to attack’s audacious nature, the strategic and tactical surprise, and the epic distances General Doolittle and his “raiders” flew to accomplish their mission.Recommended: Why Doesn't America Just Kill Kim Jong-un?



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Suicide bombers in deadly attack on Afghan ministry

Suicide bombers in deadly attack on Afghan ministrySuicide bombers and gunmen attacked the communications ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, officials said, in a deadly, hours-long assault that destroyed weeks of relative calm in the capital. The Taliban said it had “nothing to do” with the attack, which left some 2,000 people stranded in the tall office building for hours at the start of the Afghan work week. “As a result of today’s explosion/attack in Kabul city, two people have been martyred (killed) and 6 others are wounded,” the health ministry spokesman wrote in a tweet, adding 3 of the injured were women.



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IS suicide bombers attack crowds fleeing last redoubt

IS suicide bombers attack crowds fleeing last redoubtThe Islamic State group launched three suicide attacks outside their last redoubt in eastern Syria Friday, killing six people among those fleeing the crumbling jihadist bastion. All that remains of a once-sprawling proto-state that the IS jihadists declared in 2014 is a battered riverside camp in the village of Baghouz near the Iraqi border. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, and warplanes of a US-led coalition backing them, have rained fire on the enclave since Sunday, blitzing thousands of IS members into surrender.



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US and Canadian jet fighters scrambled to escort Russian bombers off American coast

US and Canadian jet fighters scrambled to escort Russian bombers off American coastUS and Canadian fighter jets were scrambled to intercept two Russian strategic bombers heading for the North American coastline.



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RAF fighter jets intercept Russian bombers over North Sea

RAF fighter jets intercept Russian bombers over North SeaRAF Typhoon fighter aircraft were scrambled to monitor two Russian planes approaching UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence has said. The Russian Blackjack long-range bombers were not talking to air traffic control, making them a hazard to all other aviation, the department said. RAF Lossiemouth-based fighter jets intercepted the bombers over the North Sea between 40 and 100 nautical miles from the coast, according to the RAF. They added the Russian aircraft were in the UK "area of interest", although they did not enter UK territorial airspace. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: "Russian bombers probing UK airspace is another reminder of the very serious military challenge that Russia poses us today. Why are Russian bombers flying close to Britain? "We will not hesitate to continually defend our skies from acts of aggression. Once again the rapid reactions of our RAF have demonstrated how vital our Armed Forces are in protecting Britain." Russian aircraft are routinely intercepted, identified and escorted by the RAF.  



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Russia's S-500: How Putin Could Kill Air Force F-22s and B-2 Stealth Bombers?

Russia's S-500: How Putin Could Kill Air Force F-22s and B-2 Stealth Bombers?Russia’s fearsome new S-500 air and missile defense system has apparently entered production—and is setting new records for missile engagement range.



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China air force lands bombers on South China Sea island

China air force lands bombers on South China Sea islandChina’s air force has landed bombers on islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of a training exercise in the disputed region, it said in a statement. “A division of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) recently organized multiple bombers such as the H-6K to conduct take-off and landing training on islands and reefs in the South China Sea in order to improve our ability to ‘reach all territory, conduct strikes at any time and strike in all directions’,” it said in the statement issued on Friday. It said the pilot of the H-6K bomber conducted assault training on a designated sea target and then carried out take-offs and landings at an airport in the area, describing the exercise as preparation for “the West Pacific and the battle for the South China Sea”.



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China air force lands bombers on South China Sea island

China air force lands bombers on South China Sea islandChina’s air force has landed bombers on islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of a training exercise in the disputed region, it said in a statement. “A division of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) recently organized multiple bombers such as the H-6K to conduct take-off and landing training on islands and reefs in the South China Sea in order to improve our ability to ‘reach all territory, conduct strikes at any time and strike in all directions’,” it said in the statement issued on Friday. It said the pilot of the H-6K bomber conducted assault training on a designated sea target and then carried out take-offs and landings at an airport in the area, describing the exercise as preparation for “the West Pacific and the battle for the South China Sea”.



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U.S. fighter jets intercept Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska

U.S. fighter jets intercept Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska(Reuters) – Two U.S. fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off the coast of Alaska on Friday. The Russian TU-95 "Bear" bombers flew into a so-called Air Defense Identification Zone located about 200 miles off Alaska's west coast, at about 10 a.m. EST (1400 GMT), North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman Canadian Army Major Andrew Hennessy said in a statement to CNN. Two Alaska-based NORAD F-22 fighter jets intercepted and visually identified the Russian bombers until they left the identification zone and the Russian aircraft never entered U.S. …



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Russian bombers intercepted off Alaska: NORAD

Russian bombers intercepted off Alaska: NORADWashington (AFP) – US fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers in international air space off western Alaska, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said Saturday.



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