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The U.S. Air Force has deployed an unspecified
number of B-1B Bone bombers to Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia. This is probably the first time the U.S has
deployed a strategic bomber to the country. The move comes after the Pentagon announced
plans to establish a full Air Expeditionary Wing at this base as part of enhanced military
presence in Saudi Arabia. The military buildup is happening after a
strike against Saudi Arabia was carried out and Iran seems to be linked to it directly
or indirectly. On September 14, facilities of Saudi Arabia’s
oil company Aramco located in the east of the country came under attack. As per reports, the raid began around 4 a.m
and drones as well as cruise missiles were used in the attack, there were 18 drones and
7 missiles. The world’s biggest oil refinery near the
city of Abqaiq and a refinery near Khurais, where Saudi’s second-largest oil field is
located were targeted. The B-1B is a supersonic variable-sweep wing,
heavy bomber used by the United States Air Force (USAF). It is commonly called the “Bone”. It is one of three strategic bombers in the
U.S Air Force fleet as of today, the other two being the B-2 Spirit “Stealth Bomber”,
and the B-52 “Stratofortress”. The U.S has 100 of these. Viewers may note that F-22 Raptor stealth
fighters, as well as Patriot air defense batteries, were sent to Saudi Arabia earlier as part
of this broader plan. In this video Defense Updates analyzes why
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1970s as a high-altitude, Mach 2.0-capable nuclear bomber. However, President Jimmy Carter canceled the
program on June 30, 1977, in favor of air-launched cruise missiles carried onboard the B-52,
intercontinental ballistic missiles and what eventually became the Northrop Grumman B-2
Spirit stealth bomber. This was done after it became apparent that
penetrating Soviet airspace at high altitudes in a conventional non-stealthy aircraft was
likely a suicidal endeavor. President Ronald Reagan eventually revived
the Lancer program on Oct. 2, 1981, however, the new B-1B was optimized for low-level penetration. Additionally, the aircraft was modified with
new engine air intakes and other upgrades to reduce its radar cross-section. The resultant B-1B aircraft no longer possessed
Mach 2 capability—topping out at roughly Mach 1.25—but had much better survivability
because of the stealthier profile. Most airplane wing designs are tradeoffs. Wings are set for low-speed stability or high-speed
performance, or some middle point. Even with flap systems and leading-edge slats,
fixed wings are compromises. A multi-role aircraft needs more flexibility. Having variability in the wing configuration
has distinct advantages in making a single aircraft apt for multiple missions. The B1B is powered by 4 General Electric F101-GE-102
afterburning turbofan engines. Each of these can generate 17,390 lbf (77.4
kN) thrust when operating normally and 30,780 lbf (136.9 kN) with afterburner. These enable B1B to have an excellent range
of 5,900 mi or 9,400 km and a service ceiling of 60,000 ft. The engine performance makes B-1B capable
of hauling a lot of weapons. B-1B has a massive payload of 125,000 lb (56,700
kg) internal and external ordnance combined. It has 8 external hardpoints for 50,000 pounds
(23,000 kg) of ordnance and 3 internal bomb bays for 75,000 pounds (34,000 kg) of ordnance. Depending on mission B1B can carry a variety
of ammunitions like Mk- 84 general-purpose bombs, CBU-87/89/CBU-97 Cluster Bomb Units,
GBU-38 JDAM, AGM-158 Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) to name a few. AGM-158 Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile
(JASSM) will be a key weapon if B 1B is deployed for strikes against Iran. The AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff
Missile) is a low observable standoff air-launched cruise missile developed by Lockheed Martin
for the United States Armed Forces. It is a large, stealthy long-range weapon
with a 1,000 pound (454 kg) armor-piercing warhead and it went into service in 2009. An extended range version of the missile,
the AGM-158B JASSM-ER (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range), entered
service in 2014. AGM-158 JASSM & AGM-158B JASSM-ER enables
B-1B to strike targets without having to get into the enemy’s strike envelope. JASSMs has range of about 230 miles (370 km)
whereas JASSM-ER has a range of 575 miles (925 km). Iran has several types of air defense systems
that include indigenous once as well as of foreign origin. It has recently showcased Khordad 15 which
is thought to be far more advanced than the Khordad 3. According to Iranian Defence Minister Mr.
Hatami, the system can be deployed in less than 5 minutes, and track 6 targets simultaneously. He added that it can shoot targets at an altitude
of 27 km or 17 miles off the ground. Apart from these, Iran also has Russian made
S-300 which is its most potent air defense system. S 300 can be equipped with radars that are
claimed to have the capability to detect even stealth aircraft. It is not known that those radars actually
work properly and if Russia has provided them to Iran or not. Iran is thought to possess 4 batteries each
of S 300 P and S 300 PMU2. Interception against enemy fighter and bombers
will be handled by Iran’s fleet of fighters. The MiG-29 is the most capable fighter of
the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force. It has only 20 of these. Other fighters include Sukhoi Su-24, Sukhoi
Su-22, Chengdu F-7, Northrop F-5, F-4 Phantom II, Grumman F-14, and Mirage F1, totaling
to about 150. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Air
Force which is a separate air arm and part of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps has
about 10 ex-Iraqi Su-25 “Frogfoot” fighters. B1B’s long range and massive payload capability
makes is one of the best strategic bombers in the world. It has the payload to carry out carpet bombing
as well as precision strikes. AGM-158 JASSM & its ER variant will enable
it to hit targets without getting into the strike envelope of Iran’s air defense batteries
which is a massive advantage. Iran’s best bet against B 1B will be sending
interceptor aircraft. But it is likely that B1B will be escorted
by F 22 Raptor which is far advanced than any of Iran’s fighter and will be able to
protect the B 1B in case of any eventualities. It is also important to note that since Iran
has no AWACS, it will find it difficult to direct a concentrated attack on an incoming
American strike force. A war effort requires massive reserves not
only in men but also in material. American annual military budget is around
50 times that of Iran. It will be able to bring in much more supporting
hardware like mid-air refueling aircraft as well as satellite intelligence to support
the B1Bs Keeping these aspects in view, we can say
that Iran will find it very difficult to fend off an attack by B1Bs.

Tony wyaad

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