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U.S. Air Force decommissioned first B-1B Lancer bomber

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U.S. Air Force decommissioned first B-1B Lancer bomber

The US Air Force has begun decommissioning its B-1B Lancer long-range bombers, and the first aircraft has already departed for the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Repair Group (AMARG) site, better known as the "aircraft graveyard".


According to Military.com, the entire US Air Force plans to get rid of the B-1B Lancer by 2036. The reason for the write-off is called the deterioration of the aircraft fleet, the development of the airworthiness dates and the too expensive maintenance and repairs. It is reported that part of the funds saved when decommissioning B-1 bombers will go to the development and purchase of the promising B-21 Raider bomber.

The intention of the US Air Force to reduce the size of the existing B-1B Lancer fleet was announced back in 2019. The Air Force command then said that since the early 2000s, the B-1B Lancer was considered a "workhorse", and the constant deployment of these machines, in particular during military campaigns in the Middle East and Afghanistan, led to the wear and tear of bombers. which was "not expected".

The heavy bomber B-1 Lancer (Rockwell International B-1 Lancer - Ulan) is a multi-mode bomber, created as a replacement for the Boeing B-52 aircraft under the AMSA program since 1965, and the world's first combat aircraft, in the design of which were widely implemented elements of "Stealth" technology. It has been in service with the US Air Force since July 27, 1985. In the early 1990s, the conversion of B-1 aircraft to equip them with conventional weapons began. The final version of the bomber (B-1B) implements the concept of a low-altitude air defense breakthrough by flying at ultra-low altitudes with terrain bending.

The maximum flight speed at high altitude is 1 km / h (M = 330); speed when overcoming air defense in flight at an altitude of 1,25 m - 60 km / h; practical ceiling 965 15 m; ferry range at high altitude - 240 km; practical flight range with normal combat load at high altitude: without an additional fuel tank 12 000 km, with an additional fuel tank 9 600 km; practical flight range with a maximum combat load of 10 km.

Maximum calculated take-off - 216 365 kg, maximum actually achieved take-off - 213 192; empty - 82 840; maximum fuel supply in internal tanks - 88 (B-450A - 1); maximum combat load - 86, - normal combat load - 000 kg.
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  1. credo
    credo 19 February 2021 16: 23
    -7
    The US Air Force has begun decommissioning its B-1B Lancer long-range bombers, and the first aircraft has already departed for the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Repair Group (AMARG) site, better known as the "aircraft graveyard".
    [i] [/ i]
    And they say that the Yankees are hardened businessmen and will not miss their profits.
    Look how many second-hand weapons are alloyed to their "allies" and they also impose such costs on them to maintain their trash that the latter becomes just gold.
    And here it seems, too, old, but they are not going to sell.
    This means that such junk is of great value and, apparently, contains many secrets in engineering and military terms.
    1. Andros
      Andros 19 February 2021 16: 27
      +19
      When was the last time you heard of the sale of long-range bombers?
      1. credo
        credo 19 February 2021 16: 39
        +1
        Quote: Andros
        When was the last time you heard of the sale of long-range bombers?

        So after all I am practically about the same.
        If it's old, why not for disassembly and oven, but for a warehouse.
        And if it is for a warehouse and not for sale, then it’s not old and it’s still fit for future warriors.
        1. hydrox
          hydrox 19 February 2021 16: 58
          -4
          No, colleagues, it looks like the minke whales are looking so far that we just can't keep up with them.
          Just imagine that they caught up to all the air bases located around Scandinavia with a dozen 3-5 of these bombers and once an hour they lifted them all without BP, lining up their muzzles on the Cola.
          What should the strategic command of Russia think?
          According to our Doctrine, we see the MASSIVE use of conventional weapons threatening our security (after all, no one knows that the bombers are empty!) And what do we do with them? Are we really waiting for them to cross our air borders, especially if they fan out from different sea directions towards the Kola Peninsula, Z. Litsa, Polyarny, Vidyaev, Severomorsk, Gadzhiev ...?
          ... so I don’t know, but I guess that "the Russians struck first, and the bombers flew without weapons" ...
          1. Hermit21
            Hermit21 19 February 2021 17: 32
            -1
            Firstly, it is very doubtful that their flying and combat-ready at least 20 aircraft. Second, there is no need to test the limits of a potential adversary's patience.
            1. hydrox
              hydrox 19 February 2021 19: 02
              -7
              For those who prefer armored personnel carriers: for 2017. there were 63 units in service.
              Now tell us how you are going to test the boundaries of enemy patience laughing
          2. AC130 Ganship
            AC130 Ganship 19 February 2021 17: 38
            +1
            This has already happened. Google for the largest annual US Air Force exercise, the Global Shield. Imitation of MBR launches and then a moss take-off of a couple - three hundred bombers. I even have a newspaper clipping in my demob album
            1. hydrox
              hydrox 20 February 2021 13: 13
              0
              Quote: AC130 Ganship
              This has already happened.

              "And the city thought -" The teachings are coming. "
              So I'm not talking about studies, I'm talking about a start option ...
          3. Observer2014
            Observer2014 19 February 2021 17: 56
            +1
            Quote: hydrox
            No, colleagues, it looks like the minke whales are looking so far that we just can't keep up with them.
            Just imagine that they caught up to all the air bases located around Scandinavia with a dozen 3-5 of these bombers and once an hour they lifted them all without BP, lining up their muzzles on the Cola.
            What should the strategic command of Russia think?
            According to our Doctrine, we see the MASSIVE use of conventional weapons threatening our security (after all, no one knows that the bombers are empty!) And what do we do with them? Are we really waiting for them to cross our air borders, especially if they fan out from different sea directions towards the Kola Peninsula, Z. Litsa, Polyarny, Vidyaev, Severomorsk, Gadzhiev ...?
            ... so I don’t know, but I guess that "the Russians struck first, and the bombers flew without weapons" ...

            Ha ha ha !!! laughing I have not heard this before. To provoke the third Mira so then just to say
            "the Russians struck first, and the bombers flew without weapons" ...
            ,
            wassat And who should I tell? radioactive cockroaches with rats? Five for the original doomsday scenario.
            1. hydrox
              hydrox 19 February 2021 19: 09
              -7
              Now back, to the seventh grade and further, to the machine ...
              There, in the smoking-room, tell your liberoid views, if you save your face ...
          4. tralflot1832
            tralflot1832 19 February 2021 19: 41
            -1
            There are people who control such massive takeoffs, from our side. Pay attention to how the mines of the ICBM are located, practically on the same parallel, equidistant from the seas. So there is time to respond. Strategies will go after the ICBM.
            1. hydrox
              hydrox 20 February 2021 13: 16
              0
              Bad: after all, the beginning will be set not by ICBMs, but by conventional weapons ...
        2. Hermit21
          Hermit21 19 February 2021 17: 29
          +2
          Because still flying sides need to cannibalize parts from somewhere
        3. Kaman
          Kaman 20 February 2021 09: 36
          0
          The B-1B was created to replace the B-52, as a result, the B-52 will remain in service after the B-1B. Fate is freaky ...
    2. Trapp1st
      Trapp1st 19 February 2021 16: 31
      +8
      This means that such junk is of great value and, apparently, contains many secrets in engineering and military terms.
      Perhaps, but it misses, unlike a rifle, not many countries need strategic bombers, and even less can afford their maintenance. And who needs them, they already have them.
      1. credo
        credo 19 February 2021 16: 41
        0
        Quote: Trapp1st
        This means that such junk is of great value and, apparently, contains many secrets in engineering and military terms.
        Perhaps, but it misses, unlike a rifle, not many countries need strategic bombers, and even less can afford their maintenance. And who needs them, they already have them.

        And I think that we, or the Chinese and the Koreans, would buy with great pleasure a couple of three such products from them, maybe even through third countries, but it looks like the Americans themselves need these products.
        1. Trapp1st
          Trapp1st 19 February 2021 16: 45
          +3
          And I think that we, or the Chinese with the Koreans, would buy a couple of three such products from them with great pleasure.
          Who will sell them to us, especially to the Chinese), even if the Americans do not need them at all? Although Kim would be happy to get at least one))
        2. boris epstein
          boris epstein 19 February 2021 16: 58
          +2
          And why are they for Russia? Where can I get spare parts for them? Pilots and technical staff need to be retrained. Install your own "Friend or Foe" equipment. Buy ammunition for them. There is a Tu-95, and the Tu-160 is being modernized and their construction is being restored.
          1. Trapp1st
            Trapp1st 19 February 2021 17: 00
            +3
            And why are they for Russia?
            A copy for study, then you can resell the Chinese, let them stamp copies.
            1. boris epstein
              boris epstein 19 February 2021 17: 11
              +2
              Well, perhaps so.
    3. Orange bigg
      Orange bigg 19 February 2021 16: 32
      +3
      So these B-1B Lancers are needed by the Americans themselves, although they should be written off in an amicable way. Americans are squeezing the last juices out of them. The replacement in the person of the B-21 Raider is not coming soon, but long-range aviation is needed.
      WASHINGTON, 12 February 2020, 14:46 pm - REGNUM US Air Force Global Strike Command has released an official statement. It talks about plans to decommission 17 B-1B Lancer bombers. The military news resource Defense-Aerospace.com writes about this.

      The US Air Force believes that the continuous use of these bombers over the past 20 years has caused damage to the airframe's design due to overuse that does not match its resource. It was decided to focus maintenance and maintenance costs on the most efficient aircraft in the B-1B Lancer fleet.

      In addition, the United States Air Force changed various flight tactics for the remaining B-1Bs to preserve the aircraft's durability. These changes will significantly extend the life of these bombers and reduce the costs associated with potential structural repairs when switching to the promising B-21 Raider bombers.



      Details: https://regnum.ru/news/polit/2856465.html
      Any use of materials is allowed only if there is a hyperlink to REGNUM.
    4. Ax Matt
      Ax Matt 19 February 2021 16: 39
      -6
      Do not doubt! They will sell them, they will also give out loans and force them to buy weapons. These "Lancers" have now been placed in Norway ... All according to the same scenario with the Abrams and Bradleys for Poland and the Baltic states. First, the enemy is announced, then they help with the presence. And when the locals get hooked on the trash, they will ooooo persistently offer to buy it. That's all the magic. wink
    5. bar
      bar 19 February 2021 16: 52
      0
      Quote: credo
      And here it seems, too, old, but they are not going to sell.

      To buy such junk is to remain without pants. Where can I find another country that prints bucks, which is able to pull its content.
    6. Prisoner
      Prisoner 19 February 2021 18: 00
      +2
      It's just that countries with long-range bomber aviation do not need American second hand. hi
      1. Charik
        Charik 21 February 2021 16: 08
        +1
        There are probably one or two such countries
    7. mojohed2012
      mojohed2012 20 February 2021 07: 44
      0
      More write-offs of any ... They have the largest aviation in the world and the decommissioning of 1 bomber does not change anything.
  2. Cowbra
    Cowbra 19 February 2021 16: 43
    0
    The main thing is to start, as Humpback said. There, according to rumors, the entire Lancer fleet has a resource at zero.
    Psi:
    In total, it is planned to remove from service 17 V-1s by the fall, of which at least one will be given for testing, four will be "mothballed" (conservation, "cocoonization", etc.), and the rest will be stored "just in case" :)
  3. Thrifty
    Thrifty 19 February 2021 16: 50
    +3
    Well, they didn't stupidly cut them into pieces, or shoot them like targets at the range! They have, in fact, taken them into the reserve for now, they are also modernizing them on the sly, inventing a new enemy for themselves, demanding even more money for armaments, returning all the "decommissioned" B1s to service. ...
    1. Trapp1st
      Trapp1st 19 February 2021 16: 52
      +3
      Well, they didn't stupidly cut them into pieces, or shoot them like targets at the range!
      What what, but in this regard, they are certainly not idiots.
    2. Cowbra
      Cowbra 19 February 2021 16: 54
      -2
      It would be nice. They are in the edge, they will change the engine, well, the nodes where more than 50% of the mass has rubbed off - they will pay off the cost of building a new bomber, and then, on the first flight, a dozen nodes will break at once with a wear rate of 40%))) It was would be good. Wish they were that stupid
      1. Asad
        Asad 19 February 2021 17: 03
        -1
        I'm curious, but in your opinion, how foolish Americans are?
        1. Cowbra
          Cowbra 19 February 2021 17: 26
          -2
          It depends on what to measure. On average, about 0,9 units in daughter officers. They recruit even among Americans gifted in this discipline as officers' daughter
          1. Asad
            Asad 19 February 2021 17: 41
            0
            Are you 1,1 daughter?
            1. Cowbra
              Cowbra 19 February 2021 17: 42
              -2
              No, such in the sect of the saint, the mask is taken away immediately after birth
  4. bar
    bar 19 February 2021 16: 53
    0
    The first one went, and that's good. And when the new B-21 goes with a pitchfork on the water ...
    1. Pete mitchell
      Pete mitchell 19 February 2021 17: 10
      +2
      Well, with a start !!!
      Quote: bar
      The first one went, and that's good ...
  5. AC130 Ganship
    AC130 Ganship 19 February 2021 17: 32
    0
    I read the 1st line and was stunned. I didn't read further. They have been written off for 20 years, if not more. Of the 80 delivered to the Air Force in the mid-100s, a third now remains.
  6. Observer2014
    Observer2014 19 February 2021 18: 07
    -2
    There's a lot to learn from their "aircraft graveyard". Truly quoted cemetery. Packed cars. Ideally prepared for long-term storage. Located in the desert .... The value of the property exceeds thirty-five billion dollars !!! Which is used here where it is really businesslike. From donation to waiting for X hour. With resuscitation and the possibility of putting into operation. And no one climbs with cutters to sell the color met.
    P / S I hope this "cemetery" is a priority for the Strategic Missile Forces.
    1. Yuri V.A
      Yuri V.A 20 February 2021 04: 07
      0
      Maybe this is an expression of respect for old age, or maybe just necrophilia. As for the master's attitude - in the 18th year at the Tyndall base, the hurricane damaged and destroyed 17 cars, including a dozen F-22s.
  7. faterdom
    faterdom 19 February 2021 18: 41
    -2
    Well, they wrote it off, now they will sell it to Ukraine at a new price at 15% per annum with an installment plan of 50 years. Those will pull.
    They have already pulled everything that was lying badly, then that which was lying well, the plundering of the gas pipeline is not far off, as soon as the gas in it runs out.
  8. TermNachTer
    TermNachTer 19 February 2021 19: 34
    -1
    And this, can not but rejoice))) faster and more)))
  9. Sergey985
    Sergey985 19 February 2021 21: 16
    0
    How fast time flies. Lancers are already starting to write off. I remember how a foreign military review in the early eighties wrote fascinatingly about how electronic equipment from different manufacturers conflict with each other on it ...
  10. Vovk
    Vovk 19 February 2021 23: 22
    0
    Who tracked the combat losses of the B-1B Lancer?
    At one time, rumors circulated online of the loss of several from Taliban fire.
    1. Charik
      Charik 22 February 2021 07: 25
      +1
      http://www.airwar.ru/enc/bomber/b1b.html
  11. Revolver
    Revolver 20 February 2021 01: 30
    0
    If the base is in NM, then consider that for conservation. Humidity 0, there is practically no precipitation, rodents, insects, and mold are not found. The only thing that deteriorates is that the glazing becomes cloudy, so glazing is not a big problem. So, if required, it will be possible to return to service quickly and cheaply. There were precedents.
  12. Hermit21
    Hermit21 20 February 2021 22: 45
    0
    For those who are sure that the wise Americans are simply sending Lancers for conservation:

    Only four out of 17 decommissioned will go into storage with the possibility of returning to military service (type 2000 recallable storage). The rest will be disassembled and used for scrap and spare parts. One side out of 4 that escaped the cut will leave for the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex to learn how to disassemble for parts, another car will stand as a monument on the gate not yet defined by AFB, and the third and fourth will go to Wichita State University and Edwards Air Force Base for study and testing, and the option static ground tests is not excluded