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Posted: 9/15/2004 8:47:14 AM EST
NG to Deliver Four B-2s with New Bomb Racks
By Jefferson Morris
09/15/2004 11:14:56 AM


Northrop Grumman is on schedule to deliver by year's end the first four B-2 bombers to be equipped with new bomb racks that will enable the aircraft to drop five times as many precision weapons on a single flight, according to company officials.

"We promised that we'd have four airplanes all equipped, certified and ready by the end of this year, and in fact we'll make that commitment," Harry Heimple, manager of government requirements for Northrop Grumman's Air Combat Systems division, said during a briefing in Washington Sept. 14.

The B-2 currently can deliver up to 16 2,000-pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs). The new rack will enable the bomber to carry up to 80 500-pound JDAMs. The Air Force's operational test and evaluation (OT&E) of the new rack assembly should be completed within the next two months, according to Heimple. The entire fleet of 21 B-2s is scheduled to have the new bomb rack by 2006, he said.

The next weapons upgrade for the B-2 will be the integration of the 5,000-pound Enhanced GBU-28 penetrator, Heimple said, which should begin in March 2005.

Link Posted: 9/15/2004 8:57:13 AM EST
That's a lot of firepower. Should definately do some extensive testing in the general middle east area. Make sure everything's greased up correctly.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 9:03:44 AM EST
Man, carpet bombing with a stealth. That's pretty impressive. By comparison, the B-52D used in Vietnam carried 108 500 lb MK82 dumb bombs. Getting 80 500 lb precision munitions onboard one aircraft is indeed impressive. Hell, one of those B2's could effectively shut down some nations after a single sortie. LOL.

Maybe they are getting these ready for Iran or North Korea, should it become necessary to deal with them?
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 9:10:18 AM EST
reminds me of the 'good old days'







and something a little more modern:
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 9:23:30 AM EST
That's alot of bombs!
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 9:30:38 AM EST
That's a lot of whoop-ass!

Go Air Force!!
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 9:40:54 AM EST
Not even carpet bombing..... Picture carpet bombing but every bomb goes into a diffrent window or door.... Only one way to discribe it- WOW

-Roth
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 11:32:15 AM EST
Red_5 you worked on Buffs too?
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 12:27:46 PM EST

Originally Posted By Bert_MN:
Red_5 you worked on Buffs too?



worked with guys who did, lived next to a SAC base (Caslte) with 'em, been on them, and flown the AF sims. BUFFs are pretty impressive all round.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 12:29:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/15/2004 12:30:19 PM EST by wedge1082]

Originally Posted By RED_5:

Originally Posted By Bert_MN:
Red_5 you worked on Buffs too?



worked with guys who did, lived next to a SAC base (Caslte) with 'em, been on them, and flown the AF sims. BUFFs are pretty impressive all round.



I used to live on Castle. Damn base closings.

eta - B-2 is to slow and expensive. Speed is life. B1-B.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 12:35:58 PM EST
Cool, I was just wondering... ex weapons troop here... I was at Minot from 95-97.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 12:54:08 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/15/2004 12:54:37 PM EST by KA3B]
I used to screw a girl who's parents lived on Buhach road, on the other side of the railroad tracks.
Good pussy. Air Force (dependent) pussy.

Never thought about the B-52 when I was banging her.


Originally Posted By wedge1082:

I used to live on Castle. Damn base closings.


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