posted on Jun, 21 2004 @ 01:14 PM
B-1B LANCER BOMBER
The B-1B is
a long-range strategic bomber, capable of flying intercontinental
missions without refueling, then penetrating present and future
sophisticated enemy defenses. It can perform a variety of missions,
including that of a conventional weapons carrier for theater operations.
electronic jamming equipment, infra-red countermeasures, radar location
and warning systems complement its low-radar cross-section and form
an integrated defense system for the aircraft.
design and turbofan engines not only provide greater range and high
speed at low levels but they also enhance the bomber's survivability.
Wing sweep at the full-forward position allows a short takeoff roll
and a fast base-escape profile for airfields under attack. Once
airborne, the wings are positioned for maximum cruise distance or
The B-1B uses
radar and inertial navigation equipment enabling aircrews to globally
navigate, update mission profiles and target coordinates in-flight,
and precision bomb without the need for ground-based navigation
aids. Included in the B-1B offensive avionics are modular electronics
that allow maintenance personnel to precisely identify technical
difficulties and replace avionics components in a fast, efficient
manner on the ground.
AN/ALQ 161A defensive avionics is a comprehensive electronic counter-measures
package that detects and counters enemy radar threats. It also has
the capability to detect and counter missiles attacking from the
rear. It defends the aircraft by applying the appropriate counter-measures,
such as electronic jamming or dispensing expendable chaff and flares.
Similar to the offensive avionics, the defensive suite has a re-programmable
design that allows in-flight changes to be made to counter new or
and upgrade modifications are ongoing or under study for the B-1B
aircraft. Large portions of these modifications that are designed
to increase the combat capability are known as the conventional
mission upgrade program. This three-phase program will increase
the lethality, survivability and supportability of the B-1B fleet.
Phase I of the program added the capability to release cluster bomb
unit weapons. Phases II and III will further upgrade the B-1B capability,
to include the ability to deliver joint direct attack munitions
and standoff weapons, and greatly improve its electronic counter-measures
B-1B was delivered to the Air Force at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas,
in June 1985, with initial operational capability on 1 October 1986.
The final B-1B was delivered 2 May 1988.
The B-1B holds
several world records for speed, payload and distance. The National
Aeronautic Association recognized the B-1B for completing one of
the 10 most memorable record flights for 1994.
American Aircraft/Rockwell International
multi-role, heavy bomber
M) swept aft
No. of Engines:
Electric F-101-GE-102 turbofan engine with afterburner
pounds each engine with afterburner
Mach 1.2 at
to 84 Mark 82 conventional 500-pound bombs and 30 CBU-87/89/97.
Also can be reconfigured to carry a wide range of nuclear weapons
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