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In addition to making the Boeing B-52H more fuel efficient and sophisticated, the US Air Force’s ongoing makeover project also aims to make the pride of Gen Curtis LeMay’s Cold War-era bomber fleet more destructive.
A market survey opened on 21 June reveals the USAF’s plan to equip the B-52H wing pylon to carry a single weapon weighing up to the 9,070kg (20,000lb) class, which potentially includes the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB).
The B-52H now has the ability to carry heavy weapons, including the 13,600kg-class Massive Ordnance Penetrator, internally. But the the Improved Common Pylon on the B-52H wings are limited to carrying weapons weighing up to 2,270kg (5,000lb).
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: mightmight
Yeah, going from 5,000 pounds on the wing to 20,000 pounds is totally a waste of money.
originally posted by: Christosterone
originally posted by: RadioRobert
Or they could save all the upgrade money and throw it at the Raiders.
They can’t win without Madden coaching or another Jim Plunkett behind center
originally posted by: mightmight
a reply to: Zaphod58
The pylons are already be perfectly capable of carrying LRASM and JASSM. The recent Internal Weapons Bay upgrade pushes the total to 20 JASSMs on a B-52, 8 internally, 12 externally.
There are however not needed as carriers for MOABs.
There is no operational demand for this capability.