B-1B Upgrades

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A potential game changer? It's being reported the Lancer has a larger, longer bomb bay and pylons that let it carry 5000lb bombs and hypersonic missiles.


The US Air Force (USAF) has modified a Boeing B-1B Lancer to enable the bomber to carry larger and heavier weapons, including hypersonic missiles.
The service's 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base in California showcased a B-1B with the improve weapons capabilities to an undisclosed group of industry partners on 28 August, the USAF says.
The service has engineered two methods of increasing the aircraft's weapons capacity: an external carriage system and a lengthened bomb bay.
The changes would enable the aircraft either to carry larger weapons like hypersonic missiles, or more smaller munitions."

 
imo USAF should upgrade engines, weapons, electronics, tech, armour etc on all their A & B aircraft - $20B upgrades vs $800B new aircraft

USAF A & B have no real threats - China & Russia are too far behind.
 
A potential game changer? It's being reported the Lancer has a larger, longer bomb bay and pylons that let it carry 5000lb bombs and hypersonic missiles.


The US Air Force (USAF) has modified a Boeing B-1B Lancer to enable the bomber to carry larger and heavier weapons, including hypersonic missiles.
The service's 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base in California showcased a B-1B with the improve weapons capabilities to an undisclosed group of industry partners on 28 August, the USAF says.
The service has engineered two methods of increasing the aircraft's weapons capacity: an external carriage system and a lengthened bomb bay.
The changes would enable the aircraft either to carry larger weapons like hypersonic missiles, or more smaller munitions."

Not a game changer; just a useful upgrade.

imo USAF should upgrade engines, weapons, electronics, tech, armour etc on all their A & B aircraft - $20B upgrades vs $800B new aircraft...
Sadly, things are not that simple.

...USAF A & B have no real threats - China & Russia are too far behind.
That is a VERY flawed assumption; in some respects, they lead us.

Regards,
MM
 

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