American “Stratospheric fortress” get hypersonic weapons

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Heavy strategic bomber B-52 Stratofortress (“Stratospheric fortress”) is the best candidate (among the available USAF aircraft) as the primary medium developed by the American hypersonic weapons, the author believes The Drive by Joseph Trevithick.

The expert notes that in the presentation, Colonel, U.S. air force lance Reynolds, submitted in August this year at the meeting on the basis of Tinker (OK), said of seven new weapons to 2022-go get bombers B-52 Stratofortress and B-1 Lancer. Them four hypersonic weapons. It is, in particular, on the development of HAWC (Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept) and ARRW (Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon).

Trevithick believed that the B-52 Stratofortress will be “a very cost-effective platform to deploy such weapons.” “Improved B-52J would probably be the best choice as a carrier of hypersonic weapons, however, would retain the ability to easily address other conventional and strategic tasks,” the author notes.

In 1952-1962 years manufactured units of 744 Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. In December 2017, the U.S. air force announced plans to upgrade these aircraft, which should last until 2050. For this, machines must, among other things, to new engines that 40 percent will improve fuel efficiency.

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