Skip to comments.The Bomber That Carries America's Biggest Bunker-Busters Is Getting Major Upgrades
Posted on 08/09/2012 3:26:17 PM PDT by blam
The Bomber That Carries America's Biggest Bunker-Busters Is Getting Major Upgrades
Aug. 9, 2012, 3:24 PM |
U.S. Air Force
The Air Force's B-1B "Lancer" multi-mission bomber is getting some notable upgrades in the next year, David Cenciotti at The Aviationist reports.
Known as "Bone" in aviation circles, the B-1B is capable of accommodating the largest payloads in the U.S. Air Force inventory including the the 30,000 lb Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) that is now ready to bust bunkers 200 feet down and through 60 feet of reinforced concrete.
In June, Cenciotti reported that the B-1B "will be able to send, receive text messages and be programmed for war" after receiving advanced hardware and software upgrades that will undergo operational testing in September 2013.
By then the B-1B will have the option of carrying up to 24 of the new AGM-158B Joint Air-Surface Stanfoff Extended Range (JASSM-ER)missiles GPS-guided cruise missiles with 2,250-lbs warhead capable of reaching a target 600 miles away that will be operational at the beginning of next year.
Cenciotti notes that the B-1 will be able to deploy these radar-evading, extremely jamming resistant missiles "against fortified, fixed and relocateable high-valuable targets, while remaining well clear of long-range surface-to-air missiles" that guard well-defended air spaces such as Syria and Iran.
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We'll call that the Bone Phone!
The plane Carter tried to kill.
Elegant beast! What’s the payload compared to a B-52? I never thought of them as being able to carry much. Nukes are dense and heavy but not that big. Never thought about this bird as doing plain ordinary iron bomb dropping.
I think it has a warhead of about 1000 pounds and the whole missile is around 2000 pounds, not a 2200 pound warhead.
Anyway this is good news as to the capabilities of long range airpower.
I would say that Curtis Lemay would be proud, but he probably wouldn’t be impressed with anything with less than a 20 megaton warhead.
I remember when they tested one of those MOABs. I happened to be just about 28 miles from where it exploded. I was disappointed that I didn’t feel or hear anything.
If I remember right, they just dumped it out of the back of a C-130.
Most aesthetically pleasing design flying.
The B-52 has about 70,000 lbs of internal payload, but its quite a bit slower than the B-1B, especially when fully loaded.
I think the B-2 is about 40,000 lbs.
Payload is around two-thirds of the B-52’s capacity. From back when we we really mauling the Taliban, I recall reading that the B-1 uses rotary launchers and bomb racks that can disgorge their contents at variable speeds. Pretty neat trick, allowing the bombardier to really saturate a target if he so desires.
B-1 ==> 75,000lb ordnance (internal stores)
B-52 ==> 70,000lb ordnance (internal and external)
According to wikipedia (hah hah)
I had a great big glossy of the B-58 on my wall when I was a kind.
It sure made me dream.
B-58 Hustler if I remember correctly. These were the source for lots of sonic booms before the whiners outlawed super sonic flights over the mainland USA.
Isn't that the B-58 Hustler?
I read that the 30k pound MOAB was tested at Eglin AFB, the largest military base in the world. The article was talking about the size of Eglin and used the testing of the MOAB there to dramatize the size of the base.
They said that no-one not involved in the testing heard the explosion. So...
I had a tray with a Vickers Spitfire on it——long story.
They are beautiful-—thanks for the pics.
I still think this is the most beautiful plane:
In the sixties, I lived in Cincinnati. Bunker Hill AFB in Indiana was a major B-58 base.
One summer, we could almost set our watches to a 7:00 PM "boom".
I think Eglin is the largest Air Force Base. There are a couple of larger military bases. One is Star City in Russia and I think White Sands may be larger tho it is mostly just desert.
I forgot to mention that Eglin is not just large in area. There is stuff all over the place, a lot of it way out in the boondocks.
My Father worked there for over 30 years.
Yes, the B-58 Hustler.
4 J-79’s IIRC - 1302 mph on the deck.
She would have given Ivan a big punch back in the day.
A bit of trivia: Reportedly, when “Fail Safe” (original) filmed, SAC would not allow film of the B-58 from civilians. So they went out to a base and filmed a single B-58 taking off.
The “6 planes of ‘Group 6’” you see taking off are actually the same plane, multiple times.
“Turkey 1 this is Ultimate 1”
The bombardier would set the switches for the pilot's release.
In the early 1950's I spent hours drawing this plane and the F-80 in mock battles.
I always thought the B-47 was a beautiful plane. I guess the B-52 killed it.
Okay. Largest AFB in the world. One other benefit mentioned was that it had a large frontage to the Gulf Of Mexico and the AF liked making training runs from the water to land, etc.
The above was my home when I was in the military. Yes, it's diesel. (USS Jallao SS-368)
I’m a little surprised that B-1s are being publicly discussed for that purpose. Earlier articles disseminated here and there only included B-2s, etc. Maybe getting closer to real action in the Middle East.
I’ll be waiting for that special tweet.
#bone-Mission accomplished, targets destroyed
What’s for dinner?
I was there when the last salvageable Skyraider flew out going south same time as me.
Carter killed the original B-1. The B-1 was resurrected as the B1-B by President Reagan.
A while back I read a Book about the Lockheed Skunk Works. Carter knew of the F-117 Development and decided that the B-1 wouldn’t be necessary with the advent of the F-117. Since the F-117 was a “black” program, nobody knew Carter’s (misguided IMHO) motivation to cancel the B-1.
Which calls for a shout-out to Robert “B-1 Bob” Dornan.
I think it was the SkyRaider that I saw the Vietnamese use against the Viet Cong in the mid-60's.
B-70s? I don’t think so! Only two were built and one crashed. The other is at the AF Museum at WPAFB. It must have been some other A/C you saw getting sliced and diced.
Wasn’t Carter accussed of revealing the stealth program prematurely to the whole world?
WTH, are they going to have teenagers drive these things?
Maybe you were thinking of B-36s because there were only 2 B-70 Valkyries built and one crashed.
Although in the 60’s I don’t think many B-36s were still flying.
I knew an old pilot who flew the B-36s. He told me that was the reason that bases like Eglin had the 14,000 foot runways.
He told me had flown every plane in the Air Force from WWII until the 70s except the B-17 and that included the U-2 and SR-71.
After he retired, he got a job at Ft. Rucker training army pilots. He said when the interviewer asked if he was certified in two engine planed, he told him he was certified for 10 engines (the B-36).
They will be able to send and receive text messages? What are they doing? Putting middle school girls in each cockpit?
Nostalgia: If you looked generally south from Mt. lemon it was like looking into a mirror at about a 45 degree angle.
When the test pilot hit the pod release button he claimed that it had malfunctioned, because he was expecting a huge change in aerodynamics. It had actually released and their solution to the equations was spot on so that the plane transitioned perfectly and was stable.