The Air Force maps, the path to the 100-B-21 bomber

B-21 Special – an artist’s impression.
(U.s. Air Force)

The B-52 is armed with long-range nuclear cruise missile… the B-2 is to escape from the most modern anti-aircraft and the B-1B bomber that will fire hypersonic weapons, — such as the Air Force’s plans for decades to come to flower.

The Air Force’s weapons developers will be immersed in a complicated plan to get the service from bomber to the fleet in the next few decades by adding some of the weapons, avionics, and networking technologies for current aircraft and new B-21 bombers to the force.

The current thinking is to focus on the method of compensation for customer service leaders to identify yourself as a “bomber is a defect,” and, therefore, is to find ways to increase the performance of the aircraft in the inventory.

“There are only 156 allied aircraft, and all of them belong to us. We are working on the development of a requirement for long-range attacks,” Gen. Timothy Ray, Commander of the Global Strike Command, told reporters at the Air Force Association’s Air and Space and Cyber Conference to be held in September.

The air force has 20 B-2 bombers, and plans to add as many as 100 B-21 Stealth bombers.


“You’re going to have to move on to the B-21, is the question…. how do you do it. What is the roadmap? I’m going to do is over the next couple of months, the impact of the data in order to understand what is in the realm of the possible. We know that many of our aircraft are and will continue to be challenges in the years to come, so we really need to have a cost-benefit analysis discussion,” Ray said.

Even though a lot of the details have yet to be determined, depending on the rate of the B-21’s arrival, there is a fictional “structure” or plan to work until 75, B-52s, by the 2040s, and the preservation of the B-1, for at least a decade or two, and, of course, the maintenance of a vastly upgraded B-2. Read the “Warrior “‘ s B-2 a 30-year-Anniversary-Technology Specialty – CLICK HERE

The current game plan is to have a minimum of a 100, B-21s and 75 b-52s. I have spent a lot of time in the past few years to make sure that the plan is a viable one. We have also provided a viable the B-1 will pick up the load so we don’t have too much of a B-52. The point to drive home is that we have to be smart about what we do, and to build a better road-map and we will be bigger,” Ray added.

The success of the plan of nature, and hinges almost entirely on one’s ability to be successful in the modernization of the existing fleet, such as the Ray indicated by the sensors, avionics, weapons, and communication technology (ict), designed to bring the decades-old bombers in the decades to come.

“It seems to me that there is a fleet that is over a period of time of the B-21 will arrive in sufficient numbers. My preference would be that all of them have an external hard-points for the open and for transport, and an extended bomb bay,” Ray added.


There are a lot of nuances to support the modernisation, including regular inspections, as well as the efforts to promote the integration of new innovations as they arise. Tim Sakulich, Air Force Research Laboratory, Executive Lead for the Implementation of the air force’s Science and Technology Strategy, told the Warrior that the air force S&T community will work to identify, fast-track and integrate new and promising technologies are on the current plane. Examples are lightweight composites, and new weapons such as lasers and hypersonics, and the next-generation of networks, among other things.

“We are working on the inspections in order to ensure the performance characteristics and the requirements of the level. This is very important because we are talking about some pretty exotic technologies which, in any of these platforms,” Sakulich told the Warrior in a recent interview.

The concept, as evidenced by the B-2 and B-52 modernization is to be effective, is to turn on older airframes to in platforms, which can be seen as a completely new aircraft. In autonomy and AI, for example, are rapidly being woven into the existing weapons in a way that completely changes the functionality and improves the chance of survival, and then multiply the attack options.

“Networked weapons, as well as systems for manned-unmanned aerial vehicles to operate together, will have to rely on the AI. We have to work in order to prove that, in the application to assess whether or not it really makes a difference to the operating capacity. This includes the network of arms in the field, and be able to communicate and optimize it in relation to the targets in real-time in the combat zone,” Sakulich said.

B-1 Plan

The air force is assigning a two-way future path for its B-1 bomber aircraft that includes the plan to upgrade the bombers, while at the same time, the process of preparing the aircraft for a possible exit, if the B-21.


These two sections, which will show up as a bit of a paradox, or contradiction, are in fact intertwined in the efforts designed to make the most of the bomber’s firepower, while making it easier for a potential transition to the B-21 bomber, Air Force officials have told the Warrior in Base. The B-21 is expected to occur by the mid-2020s, and so while the air force has not specified the time frame, and the B-1 is not likely to fully retire until the 2030s. Also, Ray spoke about it in a recent demo, in which he found that the B1-B weapons bay is configured to fire hypersonic weapons. — Read the Warrior’s Story, the Air Force’s B1–B of Hypersonic Weapons to the Plan, CLICK HERE

Service officials say that, in the current technical revision, and is the largest in the history of the B-1, in which the device has an expanded weapons capability, along with new avionics, communications, technology, and … The bikes will be refurbished to maintain their original performance specs, and the B-1 is in the process of obtaining a new targeting and intelligence systems, service officials told the Warrior of the previous year.

With a new Integrated Battle Station, the new crew of monitors and communication links, in-flight data. Another upgrade is called The Fully Integrated Targeting Pod, which connects the targeting pod is in control, and video input to the B-1 cockpit displays. The B-1 will also be in a position to get the car up to 500-pound class weapons by 60 per cent due to the Bomb Rack Unit upgrades. The (B-1), which was the combat debut during Operation Desert Fox in 1998, and went on to drop thousands of JDAMs during the multi-year wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The B-1 can hit speeds of MACH 1.25 at 40,000 feet, and operates at a maximum of 60,000 feet. How to burn a wide variety of devices, include a variety of JDAMS: the GBU-31, GBU-38 and GBU-54. It’s the small diameter bomb-GBU-39.

The B-52 To The Year 2040

Engineers will now take a break from all of the Air Force’s B-52s with the digital data input, moving map display, the next-generation avionics, new radios, and an opportunity in order to carry more weapons internally, and the incorporation of new, high-tech weapons, such as they are incurred, service officials said.

Also, as Ray expressed confidence in the current efforts to re-engine the B-52 is a more modern, efficient engine.


The technical requirements and the sustainability of the B-52 airframes in the air force and the fleet can be described as extremely rugged, and are able to continue to fly into the 2040s and beyond, the service is taking steps to ensure that the platform remains viable as a result of the for the most up to date and effective in the avionics, weaponry and technologies, Air Force weapons developers have told you, a Warrior.

The air force is also making progress with a technology-inspired effort to increase the cargo of weapons for the B-52 bomber.

The 1760 Internal Weapons Bay Upgrade, or IWBU, will allow the B-52 to internally carry up to eight of the newest “J-Series” bombs in addition to the implementation of six on pylons under each wing of the building. The IWBU allows the use of a digital interface and rotary launcher to increase its load of weapons.

The B-52 has already been able to carry the JDAM weapons is remote, but with the IWBU the aircraft will be able to internally house some of the most cutting edge precision-guided Joint Direct Attack Munitions and Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles, among others

Also, the increase in the internal weapons bay option and offers a chance for the improvement of the fuel efficiency due to the removal of the bombs under the wings, and reduce drag.


The first step is to IWBU incorporates an internal weapons bay, the ability to fire a laser-guided JDAM. In a second increment to finish up in the next few years will be the integration of more modern and advanced weaponry, such as the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, or JASSM, JASSM-Extended Range (ER), and a technology, called the Miniature Air-Launched Decoy, or MALD. A MALD-J, “interference” version, which will be integrated into the B-52, which can be used to jam enemy radar technology.

The B-52 is a massive, 185-foot wingspan, and a weight of approximately 185,000 lbs, and can reach high subsonic speeds and altitudes up to 50,000 feet, and the Air Force, officials said.

Well-known for bombing missions during the Vietnam War, the 159-foot-long, B-52s, have in recent years been active in Afghanistan in support of military action, from a base in Guam.

The B-52 also served in Operation Desert Storm, the Air Force has made. “The B-52s struck wide-area troop concentrations, fixed installations and bunkers, and decimated the morale of iraq’s Republican Guard corps,” an air force statement said.


In 2001, the B-52 provided close-air support to troops in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, the service, officials said. The B-52 also played a role in Operation Iraqi Freedom. On the 21st of March, 2003, B-52Hs launched approximately 100 CALCMs (Conventional Air-Launched cruise missile during a night-time mission.

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