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US Air Force B-52 strategic bomber simulated the launch of a hypersonic missile in Alaska

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Alaska hosted the Northern Edge 21 exercise, which was attended by members of all types of American armed forces - the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. During the exercise, the capabilities of the B-52 Stratofortress bomber were tested. The plane simulated a hypersonic missile strike using data from sensors located 1000 nautical miles (1852 km) away.


Note that the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is an American strategic bomber that has been in service with the US Air Force for over 60 years. The United States currently has 70 B-52Hs. In total, more than 740 such bombers were produced.

Most of the B-52s of the US Air Force are based in Louisiana at Barksdale AFB. It is home to the 2nd Bomber Wing as part of the 11th, 20th and 96th Bomber Squadrons, the 307th Bomber Wing of the US Air Force Reserve Command as part of the 93rd and 343rd Bomber Squadrons, and the 49th Test Squadron. air squadron and 340th armory squadron. Also, B-52 bombers are based at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

As part of the All-Domain Operations Capability experiment, the B-52 took off from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana and headed north towards Alaska. On the way, the bomber received guidance data from sensors located at the Elmendorf-Richardson base in southern Alaska. No details on the type of sensors used have been reported yet.


Further, the bomber successfully simulated a missile strike from a distance of 600 nautical miles with an AGM-183 ARRW rocket. The US Air Force noted that the demonstration was successful and showed the entire chain of use of hypersonic weapons.

As a reminder, Lockheed Martin's ARRW is a hypersonic missile currently undergoing testing. In April 2021, the first tests of the rocket in free flight mode failed due to technical problems. Now the US Air Force is waiting for further tests of a hypersonic missile until 2022 and expects that the ARRW will become the first hypersonic weapon in service with the American military aviation.

Demonstration of the ability to detect a target and aim at a hypersonic missile at a long distance is of great importance in the process of testing the potential of hypersonic weapons. Also of great interest for increasing the combat capabilities of American aviation was the development of joint actions of various aircraft and sensors as part of the formation of a unified control system on the battlefield.

According to the deputy commander of the 53rd test control group, Lieutenant Colonel Joe Little, the American military was able to test the capabilities of data transmission channels, the quality of feedback with aircraft in the air.

After simulating a missile launch, the B-52 bomber headed for Barksdale and landed at the base 13 hours after the start of the flight. American military journalist Garrett Reim writes that as part of the new Dynamic Force Employment strategy, American aviation is organizing surprise flights of bombers from US air bases to anywhere in the world as soon as possible.

According to the US Air Force Command, such a strategy, which is notable for its unpredictability and promptness, could keep such potential adversaries of the United States as China and the Russian Federation in constant tension.
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  1. Tusv
    Tusv 11 May 2021 10: 21
    -7
    According to the US Air Force Command, such a strategy, which is notable for its unpredictability and promptness, could keep such potential adversaries of the United States as China and the Russian Federation in constant tension.

    Well, Readiness number One, absolutely pabarabanu for whom the air defense is crying. You simulate the main thing for longer and remember that only a ramjet engine has the right to be hypersonic. Any Daggers and Vanguards about nothing. Putin's propaganda ONLY. Just kidding
    1. NIKN
      NIKN 11 May 2021 10: 24
      +24
      I simulated a missile strike, which is not there :)) Today I will simulate a death star strike on the states, let them get bored. :))
      1. novel66
        novel66 11 May 2021 10: 26
        +4
        Kolya, hello! imitated with a loud sound issued by the navigator - operator (or whoever they have)
        1. NIKN
          NIKN 11 May 2021 10: 27
          +1
          Hi Roma! hi Probably something like this. :))
          1. marchcat
            marchcat 11 May 2021 10: 45
            0
            There was an imitation of sawing the dough, for the congress "iron" excuse.
        2. figwam
          figwam 11 May 2021 10: 43
          0
          Quote: novel xnumx
          simulated by a loud sound made by the navigator

          Yes, apparently he said, - Dis is, bang.
          1. novel66
            novel66 11 May 2021 10: 50
            +2
            oh, he didn't do that ... lol
      2. RealPilot
        RealPilot 12 May 2021 12: 23
        0
        You know, something like this, a conversation in the Oval Office comes to mind:

        - Defense Secretary (they have), we urgently need to demonstrate to Russia and China our combat power!
        - How, Mr. President?
        - Launch a super duper hypersonic rocket from our newest mega-stealth space bomber!
        - But we have neither the one nor the other ... We can simulate the launch of the layout from the B-52 ... laughing
    2. Ka-52
      Ka-52 11 May 2021 11: 22
      +4
      only a ramjet engine has the right to be hypersonic.


      The ramjet has nothing to do with the sole right to be called a hypersonic engine. Such can be devices with liquid-propellant rocket engines and solid propellants.
  2. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 11 May 2021 10: 24
    +4
    And what was the imitation of a hypersonic missile strike? Like cartoons? On the computer that was on the B52, it flew away and promised to hit?
    1. mojohed2012
      mojohed2012 11 May 2021 10: 32
      +5
      Imitation. They took a bomber, attached a plastic simulator of a rocket to it, and dropped it like a bomb at the range, and the navigator in a bomber imitated a launch with his mouth: "Klats ... shhhhhh ... my dear went to Beijing."
      And those who were sitting at the antennas "caught" the imitator, also voicing the radio station: "Babah ... the rocket hit Beijing! Congratulations on your successful victory!"
      Something like this. For the crew of the B-52, for a successful operation, draw the 100500th asterisk for another successful imitation! To the navigator for outstanding sound imitations to assign the next rank and to issue a badge: Excellent combat imitation!
      The operator of the "antenna" guidance should be given a valuable gift in the form of a commander's watch and an award for a successful imitation initiative (he is small and not yet experienced in imitation, but promising).
  3. Uncle lee
    Uncle lee 11 May 2021 10: 24
    0
    potential adversaries of the United States like China and the Russian Federation
    choose just one of them .... And then China and Russia can dock and someone will not seem a little!
    1. novel66
      novel66 11 May 2021 10: 27
      +3
      potential adversaries

      as a physicist - physics - and kinetic opponents already exist ?? lol
      1. Uncle lee
        Uncle lee 11 May 2021 11: 25
        +1
        Nope ... Only static ... There are a little statistical and empirical about two pieces per megahertz squared ... fellow
        1. novel66
          novel66 11 May 2021 11: 28
          +2
          but what about the synecdoche?
          1. Uncle lee
            Uncle lee 11 May 2021 12: 30
            -1
            Tried .... They can't do it ... The tundra is not fenced!
            1. novel66
              novel66 11 May 2021 12: 55
              +2
              deer knocked down?
              1. Uncle lee
                Uncle lee 11 May 2021 13: 30
                -1
                Quote: novel xnumx
                deer knocked down?

                EVERYTHING ! And even lemmings! what
                1. novel66
                  novel66 11 May 2021 13: 59
                  +2
                  and the arctic fox came ??
                  1. Uncle lee
                    Uncle lee 11 May 2021 14: 35
                    -1
                    Quote: novel xnumx
                    came ??

                    Came! Such a gorgeous Arctic fox! Big, big!
  4. mojohed2012
    mojohed2012 11 May 2021 10: 25
    +2
    With what did he imitate? Are we walking along the tank?
    They do not have a working hypersound. But they are eager to issue. It would be better if they shot another cartoon, where (absolutely and guaranteed in the future ...) the United States will receive a hypersonic missile and hit enemies ...
    Not so long ago, they were already emitted with machines - future carriers and launchers of promising hypersonic missiles.
    Emulation - has become the horse of politics and the US defense industry. But many of them learn to issue.
  5. Givi_49
    Givi_49 11 May 2021 10: 27
    +3
    I just faked a hypersonic missile launch. She went well. Even the cat didn't wake up. We can when we want.
    1. novel66
      novel66 11 May 2021 10: 29
      +3
      Even the cat didn't wake up

      for the cat ??? flayer!!!
      1. Givi_49
        Givi_49 11 May 2021 18: 09
        0
        Not at all. Strictly the adversary. The cat woke up a few hours later and began to execute the routine.
        1. novel66
          novel66 11 May 2021 18: 21
          +1
          do not interfere! thank you for your service !!
          1. Givi_49
            Givi_49 11 May 2021 20: 11
            0
            We serve the Russian Federation! And to each other. We had.
            1. novel66
              novel66 11 May 2021 20: 42
              +1
              he looks like an ensign, wants to steal something
  6. Bez 310
    Bez 310 11 May 2021 10: 35
    +1
    No matter how clumsy it may sound, but this - "target detection and guidance of a hypersonic missile at a long distance" - is the most important element of the use of the GZR. As far as I know, we cannot hit targets at such a distance, and in general, the issue with the control center remains open.
    1. novel66
      novel66 11 May 2021 10: 52
      +3
      actually, as for them
    2. mikstepanenko
      mikstepanenko 11 May 2021 11: 58
      +3
      Why is that? We can perfectly simulate launches at any distance. As far as fantasy is enough!
      1. Uncle lee
        Uncle lee 11 May 2021 14: 37
        0
        Quote: mikstepanenko
        we can imitate

        Theoretically, all the way to Mars and Saturn! In theory.... wink
    3. US16
      US16 11 May 2021 16: 34
      0
      Good day. I agree. And where did Telegram disappear
      1. Bez 310
        Bez 310 11 May 2021 16: 40
        -1
        Quote: NAM16
        And where did Telegram disappear

        Closed the channel as unnecessary.
        1. novel66
          novel66 11 May 2021 18: 24
          +1
          that's what they got into ... virtually ...
  7. EXPrompt
    EXPrompt 11 May 2021 11: 20
    +3
    Further, the bomber successfully simulated a missile strike from a distance of 600 nautical miles with an AGM-183 ARRW rocket. The US Air Force noted that the demonstration was successful and showed the entire chain of use of hypersonic weapons.
    .


    Nice new strategy to simulate launches, simulate what this missile is.
    In the states, a new type of state has been invented by IMITATION DEMOCRACY.
    One imitates that he is elected and that he is the president, the other launches missiles.
    The next step is to simulate the flight of the B52.
    1. aszzz888
      aszzz888 11 May 2021 11: 26
      0

      +1
      Further, the bomber successfully simulated a missile strike from a distance of 600 nautical miles with an AGM-183 ARRW rocket. The US Air Force noted that the demonstration was successful and showed the entire chain of use of hypersonic weapons.
      .


      Nice new strategy to simulate launches, simulate what the missile is. ...
      It is, the rocket, as it were, but in fact it is not! laughing photos come to mind in one of the great)) laughing countries when flyers run on the parade ground with airplane models. Approximately here it is.
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  9. aszzz888
    aszzz888 11 May 2021 11: 23
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    Next bomber successfully simulated a missile strike from a distance of 600 nautical miles with an AGM-183 ARRW rocket. The US Air Force noted that the demonstration was successful and showed the entire chain of use of hypersonic weapons.
    The flyer made his fingers with a pistol, and said "Pum!" laughing
  10. Free Island
    Free Island 11 May 2021 11: 42
    0
    The key word is "imitated". You don't have to read further
    1. 3danimal
      3danimal 11 May 2021 15: 13
      0
      Standard stages of developing new weapons. Do we do it wrong?
  11. mikstepanenko
    mikstepanenko 11 May 2021 11: 55
    0
    And how many (years) will they still imitate? The longer the better.
  12. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 11 May 2021 15: 03
    +2

    Air launch tactical weapon. The rocket looks like this:



    First, the spacewalk, like the Dagger (only above), and then the glider separation,
    like the Vanguard.
    But at a tactical distance - up to 1600 km.
    1. sabakina
      sabakina 11 May 2021 20: 19
      0
      Alexey, the first picture shows a real photo of a real B-52 with something that looks very much like a rocket. As for the second picture, I'm somehow not very sure of its reality ...
  13. usr01
    usr01 11 May 2021 15: 12
    0
    I, too ... imitated ... from the couch. :-)
  14. Kibl
    Kibl 11 May 2021 17: 05
    0
    But I wonder if there is a difference between an imitation of a bullet hitting the head or with a real hit. Apparently there is no such thing for American warriors. Then I have vague doubts, maybe they all got a bullet in the forehead for a long time. The brain is taken out ..., .. ...