U.S. upgrades B-1B bomber with 31 hypersonic missiles, West Pacific becomes its strategic point
militaryezyinfo.com – A few days ago, the media reported that the US B-1B strategic bomber is frequently seen in the Western Pacific. Then there is news that the U.S. military intends to upgrade the B-1B strategic bomber so that it can carry 31 supersonic missiles so that the former “hangar queen” will not usher in a second spring? What exactly is the purpose of the frequent presence of B-1B bombers in the Western Pacific?
U.S. upgrades B-1B bomber: facts and Information
In fact, the U.S. B-1B strategic bomber frequent cruise is to express to the neighboring countries, although the U.S. aircraft carriers get down to combat power to zero for the moment, the U.S. there is long-range strategic bomber. B-1B bomber can be loaded with 24 anti-ship missiles. The outside world generally believes that a B-1B bomber overall attack capability is not inferior to an aircraft carrier. In terms of attack efficiency alone, it’s still quite amazing.
But the B-1B bomber also has certain shortcomings and doubts. First of all, the B-1B bomber’s surprise defense capability, in the end, is not the United States boasted so strong? Since the B-1B bomber is not a stealth aircraft, its supposed ability to surprise is based on its ultra-low altitude flight coupled with a flight speed of about 1.2 times the speed of sound. Some commentators have suggested that the B-1B bomber’s ultra-low altitude flight with no directional time over the sea may result in high fuel consumption, which would greatly reduce its range. But it’s also unknown whether such ultra-low altitude can completely evade radar searches. If the other side launched airborne pre-warning aircraft, under the cover of very strong fighter formations, with a condescending look down, and the B-1B bomber had no stealth capabilities at all. It is very likely that they will show their true colors in this situation.
If the adversary sets up a defensive ring, such as a carrier battle group, in the ocean about 800 to 900 kilometers away from the mainland, it can provide early warning and intercept the B-1B bombers. Then send a large number of AWACS aircraft to patrol the perimeter, then it is questionable whether the B-1B can achieve this so-called surprise strike effect of attacking 24 targets at the same time.
As we all know, the B-1B bomber was known as the “hangar queen” during the Cold War, although it had many failures. However, if it is in accordance with its current bomb load, including the strike capability, the formation of a new “arsenal aircraft” technology path, the U.S. military is highly recognized. The B-1B bomber is fully capable of performing air and naval missions through its great range, supersonic flight, and internal payload space to carry anti-ship missiles and supersonic missiles.
Currently, the B-1B bomber focuses its primary combat objectives on the sea. For example, anti-aircraft carrier operations and anti-ship operations are the main core. And it has also fired naval long-range anti-ship missiles during distributed strike operations at sea and in the air in the United States. This state of affairs, then, allows the enormous range of the B-1B bomber and its bomb-carrying capabilities to create a new strike pattern. If there are aircraft carriers at sea, and if there are “aircraft carriers” in the sky, the United States can use the combat capability of the -1B bomber and still make it play a significant role.