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The B-52 Stratofortress could begin dropping bombs on the Islamic State group come April.
The bombers would be headed to the Central Command area of operations to replace the B-1 Lancers, the last of them returning in January, officials were quoted saying at an Air Force Association Conference last week. The B-1s should return this summer after they receive additional upgrades.
Neither the number of B-52s nor number of airmen, under Air Force Global Strike Command, have been disclosed yet for the potential operation.
The aircraft, which had been used to drop unguided bombs in previous wars, including Afghanistan, can now be used to provide backup with the accuracy of precision-guided munitions. If scheduled, it would be the first deployment for the bombers to fight Islamic State targets, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
originally posted by: Phage
That is just so right. Tool for the job.
A hammer instead of a nail gun.
Yeah this is really gonna guarantee us some signifigant collateral damage allright....so much for next generations jihad...
maybe some good ole fuel air bombs too....gotta clear us some LZs....edit on 5-3-2016 by bandersnatch because: (no reason given)
Tinker AFB Airmen will update ground maintenance and mission planning software in support of a new Air Force contract that will increase the B-52 Stratofortress's "smart-weapons" capacity by 50 percent.
The $24.6 million agreement stipulates that Boeing will develop a modification to existing weapon launchers so the aircraft can carry smart weapons in the bomb bay, which will enable aircrews to use the B-52's entire weapons capacity.