US fighter and bomber chiefs embrace Pentagon's 'arsenal plane' plan

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    US fighter and bomber chiefs embrace Pentagon's 'arsenal plane' plan
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    25 FEBRUARY, 2016
    BY: JAMES DREW

    The US Air Force’s top fighter and bomber commands are actively pushing for the introduction of so-called arsenal planes as they seek to “fling” long-range weapons into future warzones guarded by sophisticated enemy air defence systems — as a compliment to front-line stealth fighters.

    Speaking at the Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida on 25 January, Air Force Global Strike Command leader Gen Robin Rand said four warfighting commands have requested arsenal plane-like capabilities due to the propagation of new counter-air systems.

    “Long-range strike and standoff capability is very, very important,” he says. “We’re going to look at all options.”


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    This concept has been around for a long time its about time there is a serious push to acquire them. The range and accuracy of cruise missiles has improved tremendously so something like this is completely logical to field.


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    According to the budget testing Finishes in 2020, it looks like we will have this shortly after that.

    The SCO is a godsend
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    The Navy has to share the distributed lethality stage with the Air Force. These planes when completed could very well significantly boost the balance of power in the region more in our favor. Imagine several of these beasts launching dozens of cruise missiles against Chinese bases in the SCS while our Navy unleashes crap loads of tomahawks.

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    USAF flaunts ‘arsenal plane’ concept at Air Warfare Symposium
    26 FEBRUARY, 2016
    BY: JAMES DREW

    The US Air Force has offered an artist’s impression of the Pentagon’s “arsenal plane” concept in a video presented by service secretary Deborah Lee James at an Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida today.

    As first seen in DARPA "system of systems" promotion released last year, the video depicts an aircraft with an eight-engine Boeing B-52 bomber wing with the body of a Lockheed Martin C-130 turboprop. The secretary's outtake shows the aircraft launching a barrage of networked Raytheon Small Diameter Bomb II glide bombs at mobile enemy radar warning and air defence targets.


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    The Pentagon’s emerging “Arsenal Plane” or “flying bomb-truck” is likely to be a modified, high-tech adaptation of the iconic B-52 bomber designed to fire air-to-air weapons, release swarms of mini-drones and provide additional fire-power to fifth-generation stealth fighters such as the F-35 and F-22, Pentagon officials and analysts said.

    Using a B-52, which is already being modernized with new radios and an expanded internal weapons bay, would provide an existing “militarized” platform already engineered with electronic warfare ability and countermeasures designed to thwart enemy air defenses.

    “You are using a jet that already has a military capability. The B-52 is a military asset, whereas all the alternatives would have to be created. It has already been weaponized and has less of a radar cross-section compared to a large Air Force cargo plane. It is not a penetrating bomber, but it does have some kind of jamming and countermeasures meant to cope with enemy air defenses. It is wired for a combat mission,” said Richard Aboulafia, Vice President of analysis at the Teal Group, a Virginia-based consultancy.

    More here
    http://www.scout.com/military/warrior/story/1650624-pentagon-arsenal-plane-likely-be-b-52
     
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    Seems like a good idea.
     
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    Some rumors appeared online that this is to make up for the F-35, what do you think about this idea?
     
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    Yup it seems like the B-52 is going to be the winner for the arsenal plane concept

    Coincidentally the FY17 budget gives about $500 million over the next five years towards giving the B-52 a new, modern radar system. Maybe they are getting ready for the "arsenal" upgrade?
    http://www.janes.com/article/58210/usaf-seeks-new-radar-for-b-52h
     
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    Remember they also said that the B-52 would be in service until 2040, this Arsenal plane will probably be the B-52 variant in service until the 2040's
     
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