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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


Bombers and Bomber Weapons

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Bombers

  B-26Invader
  B-29Superfortress
XB-35Flying Wing
  B-36Peacemaker
XB-42
XB-43
XB-44
  B-45Tornado
XB-46
  B-47Stratojet
XB-48
YB-49Flying Wing
  B-50Superfortress
XB-51
  B-52StratofortressBUFF
XB-53
XB-54
XB-55
XB-56
  B-57Canberra
  B-58Hustler
XB-59
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 YB-60
  B-66
XB-68
  B-70Valkyrie
Aircraft Nuclear Propulsion
Cruise Missile Carrier Aircraft (CMCA)
FB-111
FB-111H
  B-1ALancer
  B-1BLancerBone
  B-2SpiritPorkchop
  B-21Raider

Bomber Weapons

ADM-20Green Quail
AGM-28Hound Dog
GAM-63Rascal
GAM-67Crossbow
GAM-71Buck Duck
XSM-73 Bull GooseWS-123A
AGM-69SRAM
AGM-86ALCM
AGM-86CCALCM
GAM-87Skybolt
AGM-129ACM
AGM-131ASRAM II / AASM
AGM-131BSRAM-T
YAGM-180LRSO
YAGM-181LRSO

Tanker Aircraft

KB-50Stratofortress
KC-97Stratotanker
KC-135A/EStratotanker
KC-135RStratotanker
KC-10Extender
KC-46Pegasus

ASM

ASM

By 2020 the air Force judged that the airborne component of the Air Force’s long-range strike capability was inadequate, even after Northrop Grumman delivered at least 100 B-21s, which were expected to replace a fleet of 20 Northrop B-2s and 62 Rockwell B-1Bs and operate alongside about 75 Boeing B-52s. “What we see is that no matter how big our bomber force is, the capacity that the Joint Force needs is always more and more,” says Maj. Gen. Clinton Hinote, deputy director of the AFWIC, which develops new operational concepts on the Air Staff. The Air Force’s latest estimate of the requirement calls for a fleet of at least 220 bombers, Gen. Timothy Ray, the head of AFGSC, told reporters in early April 2020. According to a fleet forecast in the Mitchell Institute report, the Air Force inventory could decline to about 120 bombers by 2032 as the B-2 and B-1B fleets are retired. The Air Force will order about 120 B-21s by 2040. Combined with 75 B-52s, however, the fleet would still be about 30 aircraft short of the minimum deemed required by the Air Force.



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