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Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by azureskys
It doesn't have ballistic missile capability, it has the battlestaff who relay the launch codes to the missile crews, and the ability to talk to submarines and relay the launch codes to them.
...the Navy's TACAMO ("Take Charge and Move Out") mission. TACAMO links the NCA with naval ballistic missile forces during times of crisis. The aircraft carries a very low frequency communication system with dual trailing wire antennas.
The E-6B is a dual-mission aircraft capable of fulfilling either the E-6A mission or the airborne strategic command post mission and is equipped with an airborne launch control system (ALCS). The ALCS is capable of launching U.S. land based intercontinental ballistic missiles.