Is There Anything New Under the Technological Sun? – The Diplomat

 Is There Anything New Under the Technological Sun? – The Diplomat

Asia Defense | Security

Even categories of military technology that seem novel, like UAVs, are actually refinements of previous forms, rather than a wholly new innovation.

It was recently reported that the first two copies of the U.S. Air Force’s first new bomber in a quarter century, the B-21 Raider, are nearly ready to begin flight testing. No one outside the classified world has yet seen a B-21, but thanks to renderings released by the Air Force and the plane’s manufacturer, Northrop Grumman, we have a pretty good idea what it looks like: a flying wing or, in other words, a slightly smaller, slightly less complex-looking cousin of the existing B-2 Spirit.

Flying wings are one of the rarest and most exotic types of aircraft in operational service, and even so, their basic design is not new. The Raider’s distant…

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