Russia’s first prototype stealth bomber ‘starts construction’ to rival US B-2 fleet

Sky News – May 26, 2020

Artist impression of Russia’s hypersonic stealth bomber. Click to enlarge

Russia has reportedly started construction of a prototype of its first stealth bomber – which should be ready next year.

The plane will be able to carry “cruise missiles, precision bombs and hypersonic weapons”, reported state-controlled news agency TASS.

It will use the “flying wing” design and have technology to reduce its visibility on radar – as well as the latest communications and “jamming equipment”.

TASS said the start of production – part of a programme known as Product 80 – had been confirmed by a military source.

Building of the cockpit is also under way and the plane will be complete in 2021, according to another source quoted by the news agency.

The aircraft will compete with America’s B-2 stealth bomber, which entered service in 1997.

China is also working on a stealth bomber, the Xian H-20, with speculation it could be unveiled at an airshow in November.

ussia already has a stealth fighter, the Sukhoi-57, which first flew 10 years ago but has not been built in large numbers.

The UK’s stealth fighter is the 1,200mph American-made F-35B Lightning, which the RAF first deployed in 2018 and can “operate undetected in hostile airspace”.

Stealth planes can fly largely undetected because their shape – usually sharp-edged and angular – reflects radar signals away from the source.

They may also use coated panels that absorb radar energy.



3 responses to “Russia’s first prototype stealth bomber ‘starts construction’ to rival US B-2 fleet”

  1. People should keep in mind that the Russian space shuttle Busan was an almost exact replica externally of the US space shuttle.
    C’mon….use common sense….this didnt happen by chance.
    So it looks like there has been a technology transfer AGAIN.
    The Concordski had extra winglets…..but the basics were obviously borrowed from the Concorde.
    So while the media ramps up Russian threat stuff…in space there is still cooperation running the space lab.

  2. Vespasian why not both Russia and the USA took the german scientists after w w 2
    it is they who were developing stealth technology back then
    Both countries are owned by the jews so it makes sense what you say

  3. The Russian defense budget is under $100 billion. Yet, the Russians develop great war planes like the SU 35 and the SU 57 and hypersonic missiles while the bloated and corrupt US DOD budget of over $700 billion produces garbage like the USN LCS and the F-35.
    The F-35 is the greatest waste of money in the history of the planet.