The B-2 Spirit is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. A dramatic leap forward in technology, the bomber represents a major milestone in the U.S. bomber modernization program. The B-2 brings massive firepower to bear, in a short time, anywhere on the globe through previously impenetrable defenses.
Along with the B-52 and B-1B, the B-2 provides the penetrating flexibility and effectiveness inherent in manned bombers. Its low-observable, or "stealth," characteristics give it the unique ability to penetrate an enemy's most sophisticated defenses and threaten its most-valued, and heavily defended, targets.
The B-2 has a crew of two pilots, an aircraft commander in the left seat and mission commander in the right, compared to the B-1B's crew of four and the B-52's crew of five.
|Primary Function:||Multi-role heavy bomber|
|Power Plant:||Four General Electric F-118-GE-100 engines|
|Thrust:||17,300 pounds each engine|
|Length:||69 feet (20.9 meters)|
|Height:||17 feet (5.1 meters)|
|Wingspan:||172 feet (52.12 meters)|
|Ceiling:||50,000 feet (15,152 meters)|
|Weight:||336,500 pounds (152,635 kilograms)|
|Armament:||Nuclear or conventional weapons. 40,000 pounds (18,144 kilograms) of payload|
|Crew:||Two pilots, with provisions for a third crew station|
|Unit Cost:||Approximately $1.3 billion|
|Date Deployed:||December 1993|
|Inventory:||Active force: 20 planned (operational aircraft); ANG: 0; Reserve: 0|