Fighter B-2 Spirit Mission and Target
Deliver massive firepower in a short time, anywhere in the world, through high-threat defenses using both conventional and nuclear munitions.
Along with the B-52 and B-1B, the B-2 provides the strategic effectiveness inherent in manned multi-role bombers. With its low-observable, or ”stealth,” characteristics, it can penetrate an enemy’s most sophisticated defenses and threaten its most valued and heavily defended targets. Its capability to penetrate air defenses and threaten effective retaliation with relative impunity provides a strong, effective deterrent and combat force well into the 21st century.
The revolutionary blending of low-observable technologies with high aerodynamic efficiency and large payload gives the B-2 important advantages over other platforms. Its low-observability provides greater freedom of maneuver while high altitude flight increases its range and provides a better field of view for the aircraft’s sensors. The B-2’s low observability is derived from a combination of reduced infrared, acoustic, electromagnetic, visual, and radar signatures.
The dramatically reduced sum of these signatures makes it difficult for today’s sophisticated defensive systems to detect, track, and engage the B-2. The B-2 has a crew of two: a pilot 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.