US Military Long-Range Multirole Bomber and The Most Expensive Weapons Ever Built!!
The B-52H is the US Air Force’s long-range, large-payload multirole bomber and is known as the Stratofortress or the Buff (big ugly fat fellow). It is the USAF’s principal strategic nuclear and conventional weapons platform, and supports the US Navy in anti-surface and submarine warfare missions.
The B-52H is a very large aircraft, with a length of 159ft 4in (48.5m) and a take-off weight of 488,000lb (220,000kg). The all-metal skin bears a high proportion of the flight loading. When on the ground, the surface of the aircraft on the forward section of the fuselage has a wrinkled appearance. The skin expands and becomes smooth as the crew compartment is pressurised when the aircraft gains altitude.
The B-52 celebrated its 50th anniversary (first flight April 1952) in April 2002 and is the longest serving combat aircraft in the world – a total of 744 were built.
The B-52H entered service in 1961 and 104 were built. The last was delivered in October 1962. However, due to an extensive system and structural upgrades, its service life is expected to continue the year 2030
The aircraft were retired at the rate of one every two weeks and are stored in a hangar at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma, in case they are required in future. The first aircraft was retired in July 2008. All B-52s were transferred from Air Combat Command (ACC) to the new Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) in 2010.
B-52 SOJ stand-off jammer
A project to expand the B-52’s mission to include a standoff jamming role, the B-52 SOJ, was cancelled in 2006. It involved fitting the aircraft with new large wingtip pods, weighing up to 2,260kg, which would carry a suite of powerful jamming systems.
16 SOJ systems were required. However, in October 2007, Boeing announced that it was teaming with Northrop Grumman to develop a new electronic attack capability for the B-52, the B-52H core component jammer (CCJ) programme. Boeing was awarded a USAF contract in June 2008 to develop the technologies required for the CCJ programme.
B-52 CONECT combat network programme
In April 2005, the USAF awarded Boeing a contract for the system design and development (SDD) of the B-52 combat network communications technology (CONECT) programme, which gives the aircraft network-centric operations (NCO) capability.
CONECT includes new computer architecture and colour displays, Link 17 tactical datalink and an advanced wideband terminal, which allows the dynamic retasking of missions and weapons during flight and provide increased situational awareness. The SDD phase was completed in early 2009.
In August 2009, Boeing delivered the B-52H upgraded with CONECT to the US Air Force with the first flight test carried out on 25 January 2010 at Edwards Air Force Base.
In December 2011, Boeing announced that all flight testings required for the B-52 CONECT programme to attain low rate initial production (LRIP) clearance from the US Air Force were carried out at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Milestone C authorisation for the LRIP is scheduled for 2012.
B-52H Stratofortress weapons payload
The B-52H, with a weapons payload of more than 70,000lb, is capable of carrying the most diverse range of weapons of any combat aircraft.
The nuclear weapons capacity includes 12 AGM-129 advanced cruise missiles (ACMS), 20 AGM-86A air-launched cruise missiles (ALCM) and eight bombs.
The conventional weapons payload is eight AGM-84 Harpoon missiles, four AGM-142 Raptor missiles, 51 500lb bombs, 30 1,000lb bombs, 20 AGM-86C conventional air-launched cruise missiles (CALCM), 12 joint stand-off weapons (JSOW), 12 joint direct-attack munitions (JDAM) and 16 wind-corrected munitions dispenser (WCMD). WCMD was first deployed by the B-52 in 2002 in Afghanistan. JSOW entered service in 2003 and was deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The B-52 was the first aircraft to be equipped with the joint air-to-surface standoff missile (JASSM), which was cleared for operational use in October 2003.
In June 2006, Boeing was awarded a contract for the B-52 smart weapons integration next-generation (SWING), to support integration of future weapon systems such as JASSM extended-range, small diameter bomb and boost phase interceptor, until 2020.
In October 2006, Boeing announced that the B-52 can carry 32 small diameter bombs (SDB) on the common strategic rotary launcher in the bomb bay.
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