Cold War-era B-52 bomber will survive younger, slimmer rivals

An AMERICAN B-52 bomber will take part in the ‘Saber Strike,” the NATO military exercise in Adazi, Latvia, June 13, 2016. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins – RTX2FYU3

The Air Force on Monday unveiled its long-range plan to eventually knocks her supersonic B-1 and stealthy B-2 bombers earlier than planned, while the venerable B-52, with the ageing of the Cold War workhorse first flew in 1954, was the last built in 1962, the fly in the 2050s.

The air force confirmed that it is planning to send his two newer bombers in the early retirement, but maintaining the B-52 in the inventory and in the past his 100th birthday.

“With adequate support and modernisation focus, including new engines, the B-52 has an expected life span up to 2050 continues to be an important part of the bomber, the company also in the future,” said Gene. Robin Rand, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, in a statement issued by the Air Force.

But the current B-52 has evolved from the aircraft first flown in the ’50s. The Stratofortress has undergone numerous upgrades and modernisation of the past few years, including the addition of an advanced communications system that displays real-time intelligence feeds on the move cards.

The B-1 conventional bomber and the B-2 stealth bomber are also getting upgrades in the Air Force budget, but ultimately, their mission will be taken over by the new B-21 long-range stealth bomber, now in the design stage. B-1s were supposed to fly into the 2040s and B-2s until 2058, but the new plan moving their retirement, up to the beginning of the 2030s, Air Force Magazine reported.

While the B-52 will be continued as a conventional bomber, it will also be the new long-range stand-off nuclear cruise missile.

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