1 octobre 2014
9/30/2014 Strategy Page
An unarmed AGM-86B Air-Launched Cruise Missile is released from a B-52H Stratofortress Sept. 22, 2014, over the Utah Test and Training Range during a Nuclear Weapons System Evaluation Program sortie. Conducted by Airmen from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., the launch was part of an end-to-end operational evaluation of 8th Air Force and Task Force 204Â’s ability to pull an ALCM from storage, load it aboard an aircraft, execute a simulated combat mission tasking and successfully deliver the weapon from the aircraft to its final target. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roidan Carlson)
8 décembre 2013
12/5/2013 Strategy Page
A B-52H Stratofortress flies over Minot Air Force Base, N.D., during a training exercise Nov. 3, 2013. In a conventional conflict, the B-52H can perform strategic attack, close-air support, air interdiction, offensive counter-air and maritime operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brittany Y. Auld)
25 septembre 2013
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La., Sept. 24 (UPI)
The U.S. Air Force says planned Boeing upgrades for the B-52 Stratofortress will significantly increase the bomber's overall weapons payload by 67 percent.
The upgrade – the 1760 Internal Weapons Bay Upgrade – involves rewiring the existing B-52 bomb launcher into a Common Rotary Launcher, which carries the munitions and is housed in the B-52's bomb bay.
The rewiring, which allows the B-52 to communicate with the newest weapons in the Air Force's arsenal, will enable the bomber to carry eight advanced, precisions-guided Joint Direct Attack munition (JDAMs) in its internal weapons bay. A dozen JDAM bombs are carried on the bomber's external weapons pylons.
"Military Standard 1760 is the technical name," said Alan Williams, the B-52 Deputy Program element monitor at Air Force Global Strike Command said. "It determines how the wiring will be laid out and what signals will go through them.
"It's similar to your home's Internet connection; you need a specific type of wiring to access the signal and a software agreement as to what those signals will be.
"The system uses a digital interface," Williams said. "Then there's a software piece called a storage management overlay, or SMO. We currently have the SMO that can talk to the weapons on the wing. With the new wiring in place, we're now going to be able to change the software to also allow for communication with those weapons in the bomb bay."
Boeing is developing the upgrade, which will be installed and tested on six bombers. The target date is 2016. A new contract for 38 additional upgrade units would follow.
9 juin 2013
6/3/2013 Strategy Page
A B-52H Stratofortress flies away as another taxis onto the runway during a training exercise May 21, 2013, at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. Air Force Global Strike Command officials routinely conduct training operations and exercises to ensure their forces can perform their mission any time they are called upon. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brittany Y. Auld)