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To prepare for the arrival of the B-21 bomber, the US Air Force will reduce the operational capabilities of its B-1B Lancer

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We mentioned it last week: the USAF plans to reduce the size of certain fleets of old aircraft in order to allow the financing of new aircraft . Among other equipment, 17 B-1B Lancer heavy bombers out of the sixty still in service could be affected. The fate of these 17 aircraft is not yet sealed, in particular because the American Congress regularly tends to save strategic vectors that the armed forces plan to put into early retirement.

Even before the vote on the 2021 military budget, however, the US Air Force's Global Strike Command in charge of operating heavy bombers issued a series of directives aimed at drastically limiting the flight envelope of B-bombers. 1B in order to preserve its potential for as long as possible.

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The B-1B's large weapons bays make it an excellent firing platform. In addition to its bombs, it can fire cruise missiles and anti-ship weapons. By its operational retirement between 2035 and 2040, it could well be adapted to carry hypersonic weapons.

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Fabrice Wolf
Fabrice Wolf
A former French naval aeronautics pilot, Fabrice is the editor and main author of the site. His areas of expertise are military aeronautics, defense economics, air and submarine warfare, and Akita inu.

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