US Forces in Middle East on High Alert for Fear of Iranian Retaliation

After Israel, and without much surprise, it is the turn of the American armed forces positioned in the Persian Gulf and nearby to be put on alert. Indeed, according to the confidences of an American official collected by the Politico.com site, the United States would have detected intriguing warning signs linked to the preparation of Iranian attacks, in particular on the part of Iranian militias present in Iraq. . The Pentagon seems to take these threats very seriously, whether they are retaliation for the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in the suburbs of Tehran by an apparently well-trained and prepared armed group, an attack attributed by Iran at the Mossad...

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US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers are back in the Asia-Pacific region

On April 16, the last five US Air Force B-52H bombers present on the island of Guam took off for their base in Minot, North Dakota. By repatriating its bombers, the US Air Force's Global Strike Command put an end to sixteen years of continuous deployment (Continuous Bomber Presence) in the Pacific, even as tensions were growing between Taipei and Beijing. For the US Air Force, the planned return of the B-52H Stratofortress was to mark the beginning of a new doctrine for the employment of strategic bombers, the Dynamic Force Employment concept. Decided in 2018, this employment concept plans to end permanent deployments and…

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US Air Force B-52H bombers to exceed 100 years of operational career with new engines

On April 23, the US Air Force issued a draft request for proposal for the acquisition of no less than 608 commercial aircraft engines. This last step before the publication of the call for tenders will allow manufacturers to better prepare their proposals. Although the project is a year late, the US Air Force hopes to make rapid progress on the re-engining program for its B-52H Stratofortress, considered strategic for maintaining its operational capabilities. Evoked since the end of the Cold War, the change of engines of the B-52 has been constantly postponed by the US Air Force, the heavy bomber…

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American B-52 bombers leave the Pacific despite renewed tensions in the region

Ten days ago, to everyone's surprise, the US Air Force announced that it had ended the continuous bomber presence (Continuous Bomber Presence) strategic on the island of Guam, in the Pacific. The day before, April 16, the five B-52H Stratofortress bombers still based there took off to return to their base in Minot, North Dakota. According to the Pentagon, the end of this deployment was anticipated and is part of the new Dynamic Force Employment operational concept, which aims to make the movements of American forces more unpredictable and therefore difficult to counter. Until now, this mainly translated…

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Beijing deploys aircraft carrier to Taiwan as US Air Force unveils long-range strike capabilities

This weekend, the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning and its escort left Chinese waters to head for Pacific waters off the east coast of Taiwan. In the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic, this deployment appears to be a show of force for Beijing, which intends to maintain pressure on Taiwan. In response, the US armed forces also demonstrated the power of their air resources in the region, failing to be able to deploy an aircraft carrier to counter Chinese Liaoning. On Saturday evening, the Liaoning aircraft carrier accompanied by half a dozen escort ships was spotted by Japan in the Miyako Strait,…

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B-1B bombers may carry hypersonic missiles in the near future

As we had already talked about on Meta-Defense, the US Air Force should reduce its fleet of B-1B Lancer supersonic heavy bombers next year, by withdrawing 17 aircraft out of the sixty still in service today. However, the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC), which manages the USAF's strategic bombers, does not intend to leave its fleet of B-1Bs abandoned while awaiting the arrival of the new stealth bomber B- 21. On the contrary, according to General Timothy Ray, commander of the AFGSC, the Lancers remaining in service should be equipped in the years to come with new offensive capabilities. On the agenda, we would find in priority…

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

We mentioned it last week: the USAF plans to reduce the format 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 concerned. The fate of these 17 aircraft is not yet sealed, in particular because the American Congress regularly tends to save the strategic vectors that the armed forces plan to retire early. Even before the vote on the 2021 military budget, however, the US Air Force's Global Strike Command in charge of heavy bomber operations took a…

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Artist's views of the US Air Force's B-21 Raider say a lot

On January 31, the USAF and Northrop Grumman unveiled three new artists' views of the future B-21 Raider heavy bomber, the first since 2016. In reality, they are the same 3D rendering embedded in three different environments. A fairly sober presentation, which however says more than you might think about the new device. New details and confirmations on the B-21 Raider The proposed angle of view still reveals nothing about the aircraft's nozzles, but does confirm the presence of air intakes integrated into the fuselage. Particularly simple in their design, since they do not present any boundary layer trap or DSI, they are in reality…

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US Air Force removes gravitational nuclear bombs from arsenal of its B-52Hs

The ability to use the B61 gravitational nuclear bomb was one of the main arguments that led Belgium to choose Lockheed's F35 to replace its F16s, and to neglect European-made aircraft, such as the Typhoon or the Rafale. This is also an argument regularly put forward by the United States and NATO to get Germany to reconsider its decision not to equip itself with the F35A to replace its Tornado, which still carries the B61, or at least to favor the F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet over the locally built Typhoon in this competition. However, the US Air...

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