PANAGYURISHTE, ($1=1.81 Bulgarian Levs) — A strong impetus to the event of recent weapons programs in the US was the entry of Soviet troops into Afghanistan in 1979. In the summertime of 1980, the US Division of Protection disclosed basic details about the existence of the Stealth program [from English – secrecy, invisibility]. It was introduced that work was being carried out in three areas: a bomber, a fighter, and a cruise missile.

Historic landing of the US B-1B Lancer in the Arctic [photos]
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In 1981, the Reagan administration introduced a plan to modernize the strategic forces, for which greater than 180 billion USD had been allotted. The factors of this plan offered for the speedy deployment of recent MX intercontinental missiles, the resumption of the “frozen” B-1 program, and the acceleration of the event of the promising ATV bomber [the future B-2].


Formally, the B-1 once more participated within the subsequent long-range strategic plane program known as LRCA [Long-Range Combat Aircraft]. It was imagined to take an intermediate place between the out of date B-52 and the promising “invisible” B-2 till the latter was put into service. Additional, they deliberate to make use of the B-1 as a traditional bomber for delivering low-altitude strikes in opposition to stationary targets, for the reason that seek for shifting targets from low altitude is virtually unimaginable. The seek for and destruction of cellular missile programs was to be undertaken by the B-2, working from excessive altitudes.

Agency “Rockwell” offered a simplified modification of the B-1, designed for using cruise missiles. As an alternative of three bomb bays, there have been two left on the aircraft, however their measurement was elevated. They needed to hold 8 missiles on revolving launchers in every. One other 14 missiles had been fastened outdoors, below the fuselage. Thus, the entire variety of cruise missiles on board was elevated to 30. The utmost velocity of the B-1 was decreased to subsonic, and the ceiling was decreased by 8400 m [up to 12600 m]. As an alternative of a variable-sweep wing, a traditional one was put in, with a sweep of 25. The price of a manufacturing plane was decreased to 43.3 million USD.

Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber
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As well as, the B-1 idea was thought-about an interceptor for enemy bombers armed with cruise missiles [Tu-95, Tu-22M]. On the identical time, the plane maintained a excessive supersonic velocity of Mach 2.2. They needed to put in the Hughes AWG-9 weapons management system and the AIM-54 PhenixoT long-range air-to-air missiles of the F-14 fighter. 24 missiles can be hung within the bomb bays and one other 14 on exterior nodes. However this concept didn’t advance additional than the intentions.

At one time, one other mission was recognized – B-1C, with the widespread use of Stealth applied sciences. In line with its traits, it may surpass the ATV and was severely thought-about by representatives of the Air Pressure. In 1982, Rockwell and Lockheed even signed an settlement on the joint growth of such a machine, however the success of Northrop put an finish to this fascinating concept.

In Could 1981, the Congressional Armed Providers Committee beneficial the B-1 as the idea for the LRCA program. The US Air Pressure made the suitable choices on this matter in June, assigning the plane the designation B-1B. On January 20, 1982, Rockwell acquired two contracts. The previous funded the conversion of two B-1A plane into B-1B prototypes for flight testing. The second offered preparation for the serial manufacturing of 100 bombers, at a fee of 4 plane per thirty days. 600 engines had been bought for them. To accommodate the B-1B, the modernization of 4 air bases started: Dyess in Texas, Ellsworth in South Dakota, Grand Fox in North Dakota, and McConnell in Kansas.

The ultimate design of the B-1B bomber was considerably totally different from the preliminary plans. It was determined to depart the variable-sweep wing. The utmost velocity at excessive altitude was decreased to 1.25 M, due to which it was potential to desert the adjustable air intakes, scale back their weight and simplify the design.

To facilitate manufacturing, the design of the B-1B airframe remained the identical, retaining greater than 70% of the elements from the B-1A. Nonetheless, the utmost takeoff weight of the bomber elevated from 180 to 216 tons, and in reference to this, its design was strengthened, the chassis was modified, and the pneumatics had been changed with extra sturdy ones.


A brand new F101-GE-102 engine with a most thrust of 7718 kgf and 13974 kgf in afterburner was put in on the plane. It was specifically designed as “low-smoke”, and as a result of excessive bypass ratio, it additionally had weak IR radiation. The air consumption acquired a curved “E”-shaped form to scale back radar visibility.

The design of the nozzle on the B-1B needed to be modified. It turned out that the turbulence of the airflow shaped by the joint of the wing and the hole between the nozzles led to vibrations within the wings. To resolve this downside, the size of the outer flaps of the nozzle was decreased from 1190 to 890 mm and their thickness was elevated. The nozzle on the B-1A consisted of eight flaps with seals between them, which wore out quite a bit. The B-1B used 12 flaps that overlapped one another and didn’t require seals. The folding fairing was faraway from the nozzle management mechanisms. On the identical time, the variety of nozzle elements was decreased, and its weight decreased by 39 kg.

Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber
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The engine has been intensively examined for hundreds equivalent to 10 years of operation. The working time of the experimental engine was about 800 hours, of which greater than half had been at most mode. The variety of inclusions of the afterburner was 4713. The quantity of checks within the high-altitude chamber reached 150 hours.

The F101 engine was thought-about very serviceable, because the modular design allowed solely the half that wanted to be disassembled. A lot of borescopes holes served for visible inspection of vital areas within the engine housing. The primary serial F101-GE-102 engine was handed over to the Air Pressure in early October 1983.


To guard the crew from the outbreak of a nuclear explosion, the cockpit home windows are lined with 9 aluminum panels [installation took 5 minutes]. Six of them have home windows with a diameter of 140 mm, two of that are positioned on the degree of the pilots’ eyes, and 4 present a aspect view, two on all sides of the cockpit. The portholes are made from a particular clear ceramic materials, which turns into opaque throughout the flash. It takes him about 150 microseconds to do that. The B-1A was supposed to make use of goggles, however they didn’t permit viewing the devices within the cockpit throughout the flash.

Externally, the B-1B differed from its predecessor in air intakes, shortened nostril and tail fairings [the length of the aircraft decreased by 1.2 m], modified seals for the rotary-wing consoles made from rubberized material, and extra home windows on the workplaces of on-board programs operators. Eight further ventral models for the suspension of weapons had been to be put in on the second sequence of plane.

The on-board tools has severely modified, which has been up to date by 80%, this primarily involved radio-electronic programs. The idea of the bomber’s offensive system was the AN / APQ-164 radar, which offered the seek for targets, a survey of the earth’s floor, mapping, and flight at low altitude within the mode of following the terrain. All the required calculations, together with goal designation for missiles, had been carried out by a posh of 5 onboard computer systems of the AR-101 F kind. In complete, the system included 66 blocks, with a complete weight of 1300 kg.


The principle defensive system was the AN / ALQ-161 digital warfare system, which was rightfully thought-about probably the most highly effective, advanced, and heavy within the historical past of American aviation. In its unique kind, it consisted of 108 blocks (on serial machines decreased to 76) and weighed about 2500 kg. As well as, she was one of many few designed particularly for a particular kind of plane. Its primary elements had been: an lively jamming station, AN / ALR-62 radio intelligence tools, a goal detection radar within the rear hemisphere, and an lively IR jamming station AN / ALQ-157.

Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber
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The principle aim of the builders was to counteract air protection programs, whatever the bodily rules of their work. The system looked for and analyzed radio alerts, rebuilt the ranges and frequencies of operation, and managed the facility of jamming transmitters and the firing of traps. The setting of lively jamming was carried out at 360° by three antennas with phased arrays, with 10 emitters in every. Two antennas are positioned within the influxes of the middle part and one – within the tail part. As well as, there are a number of knife and horn antennas on the fuselage within the entrance and tail sections.

The central pc may concurrently monitor 50 potential sources of hazard and type them by precedence. In first place had been fighter-interceptors guided by D/1RO plane, adopted by air-to-air missiles, ground-guided fighter-interceptors, and eventually surface-to-air missiles. Risk data was displayed on three indicators within the cockpit. All this was fairly per the course of a potential assault on targets on the territory of the USSR.

In any case, the breakthrough was to be carried out from the north, the place fighter-interceptors managed by DLRO plane would actually be the primary air protection programs.

Within the higher a part of the B-1B fuselage, an eight-section AN / ALE-40 set up was positioned for capturing warmth traps and chaff.


Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber
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Important adjustments have affected the weapon system. The principle one was the mix of the 2 entrance bomb bays into one 9.53 m lengthy. A detachable partition was put in inside it, fastened over two nodes in its higher half. It started to be put in from the ninth manufacturing plane. In fight operations, the partition was by no means eliminated. Retractable spoilers had been put in on the entrance partitions of the bomb bays and the bulkhead, which improved the steadiness of the ammunition falling out of the bomb bay and decreased the extent of noise and vibrations, which manifested themselves most negatively throughout the B-1A checks – in one of many flights, the bomb bay doorways had been even deformed and their attachment factors had been broken. New sashes had been made from composite materials.

Nuclear bombs or missiles had been suspended from a CSRL [Common Strategic Rotary Launcher] multi-purpose rotating launcher 4.57 m lengthy. Strange bombs, sea mines, and so on. had been suspended from a particular detachable module. The armament was suspended outdoors the plane, after which the set up or module was delivered to the plane by a tractor and hung within the bomb bay.

Kind In bomb bays On exterior nodes
Nuclear bombs B28 12 20
Nuclear bombs B43 12 26
Nuclear bombs B61 24 38
Nuclear bombs B83 24 38
Nuclear sockets SRAM AGM-69 24 38
Missiles ALCM AGM-86B 8 22
Bombs Mk.82 kaliboom 227 kg 84 128
Bombs Mk.84 kaliboom 907 kg 24 38

As well as, as much as three gas tanks for 11360 liters every could possibly be hung within the bomb bays. In line with calculations, when utilizing them and with an exterior armament sling, the plane may fly to Europe, full a fight mission there and return to the bottom with out refueling within the air.

To cut back the RCS, the proportion of composite supplies within the construction has elevated. The nostril cone was radio-transparent solely in a slender frequency band; the toes of the wing and stabilizer, in addition to the fairings of the wing root, had been lined with a radio-absorbing coating. In line with Rockwell specialists, the RCS of the B-1B in comparison with the B-1 A was decreased by 10 occasions to 1 m2 and delivered to half the RCS of the Cessna 172 gentle plane [this is the one that overcame the USSR air defense and landed on Red Square in 1987].


On March 23, 1983, the reanimated second B-1A started flying within the pursuits of the B-1B program. After the depreservation, the management system was modified on it, during which spoilers had been switched on for roll management at subsonic speeds, and never a differential stabilizer. The preliminary check program for this plane was designed for 275 hours and included:

  • plane stability and controllability research [60 hours];
  • energy vibration and acoustic checks [95 hours];
  • testing of the facility plant [15 hours];
  • weapons system testing [105 hours].

By mid-April 1983, vibration-acoustic checks of the open ahead bomb bay had been efficiently accomplished with a velocity head of as much as 4740 kgf / m2 [0.88M, height 1524 m].

By March 1984, this machine had accomplished about 38 flights and was forward of schedule. The primary stage of testing for dropping SRAM missiles, Mk.82 bombs, and B61 and B83 nuclear bomb fashions had been accomplished. Within the means of flight checks for the research of controllability, they needed to simulate the failure of three engines. On this case, the plane needed to proceed flying on one working engine, however a part of the gas must be drained from the gas tanks to scale back weight. Nonetheless, the plans had been disrupted by a automotive accident.

Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber
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August 29, 1984 B-1A [No. 74-0159] crashed on the territory of the check website within the Mojave Desert. This flight was the final in a sequence of checks to check controllability at low speeds and numerous swept wings with an excessive heart of gravity.

The crew consisted of three folks. The commander was check pilot Tommy Benefield [Tommie Douglas Benefield], nicknamed “Doug”. Having flown about 11,000 hours, he was thought-about a really skilled pilot. Throughout his flying profession, he mastered many plane, together with such giant plane because the S-124, S-130, S-133, and S-141. He had expertise flying even on the Concorde. Through the Vietnam Conflict, Benefield flew 176 F-4C sorties and was the lead check pilot within the B-1 program. The co-pilot was the equally skilled Mr. Richard Reynolds and the flight engineer was Mr. Otto Waniczek.

The B-1 took off from Edwards Air Pressure Base, climbed to about 1500 m, and headed east in the direction of the Mojave Desert. In line with the duty, the wing started to be rearranged to the minimal sweep, and the centering management system labored in guide mode to create the last word rear centering. After flying about 50 km, Benefield famous that the centering violation sign board lit up on the instrument panel. Right now, the automotive was north of Lake Harper, earlier than the beginning of a mountainous space. From the F-111 escort plane, they seen that at an altitude of 1220 m, the B-1 went right into a nose-up with an angle of about 70°, after which started to fall. At an altitude of about 800 m, Benefield ejected the escape pod. The parachutes didn’t have time to open correctly, and the capsule hit exhausting on the starboard aspect, whereas the inflatable pillows positioned on the underside of the capsule didn’t assist in any respect to melt the blow. His energy was such that Benefield’s chair was torn off its mounts, and he died from a blow to the aspect of the cockpit. Two different crew members, though they remained of their locations, had been severely injured.

The unguided bomber crashed with almost full gas and was destroyed. A fireplace has began within the desert. A fireplace engine with a staff of prisoners arrived on the crash website from the close by Boron Federal Penitentiary and started extinguishing the burning particles, which was scattered over a comparatively small space. On the time of the crash, the B-1 had flown 543 hours in 127 flights.

Secretary of the Air Pressure Edward Aldridge stated the catastrophe wouldn’t have an effect on manufacturing plans for 100 bombers or program timing. Assessments continued on one other machine – the fourth prototype B-1A (No. 76-0174). He had a small flight time and in 1982 flew to an exhibition in Farnborough, so he was in a very good technical situation. On July 30, 1984, B-1A No. 4 took to the air, and its primary activity was to check onboard digital programs.

Analysis of the flight efficiency of the plane and testing of the facility plant was to start already on the primary serial B-1B, after its switch to the Dyess airbase. Parallel testing and mass manufacturing turned potential due to the buildup of an enormous quantity of data on the B-1 program over earlier years. Fla this time the aircraft was ready for fulfillment.

Manufacturing, historical past, fight missions, operations

In early Could 1984, the meeting of the primary serial B-1B was accomplished on the Rockwell plant in Palmdale. On Could 10, the automotive was transported to the management and testing advanced, the place all its programs had been examined for 3 months. After making use of matte paint two tones of grey and one tone of inexperienced], the plane was calibrated for the gas system and engine gasoline.

The primary flight lasting 3 hours and quarter-hour befell on October 18, 1984. The bomber was lifted into the air by Rockwell check pilot M. L. Evenson, co-pilot of the AFSL. Schroeder [L. B. Schroeder], navigators-operators Mr. D. Hamilton [D. E. Hamilton] and Mr. S. Henry [S. A. Henry]. The plane flew to Edwards AFB for flutter and weapon programs testing. In 1987, the SRAM rocket was launched from it for the primary time and 56 BDU-50 bombs [a training version of the Mk.82 bomb] had been dropped.

The serial manufacturing of the plane started. It took 42 months to fabricate one machine, of which 12 took to assemble. B-1Bs started to enter service with the SAC in 1985. On the Ellsworth base, the B-1B turned a part of the twenty eighth heavy bomber wing, on the Dyess base – the 96th, based mostly on McConnel – 384th and based mostly on GrandFox – 366th air wing.

Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber
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The pilots and the management of the SAC tried in each potential technique to promote the prevalence of the brand new bombers. The sequence of world information continued. In 1988 B-1B [No.No. 86-0111 and 86-0121] set climb information for heavy plane within the weight class 150 and 200 tons. The very best end result appeared spectacular – 12000 m in 9.7 minutes.

In 1993, a pair of B-1Bs [No.No. 84-0057, 85-0082] from the twenty eighth Wing flew across the Earth in 36 hours 13 minutes, and 36 seconds. They lined a distance of 36,797.65 km with six aerial refuelings, which was an absolute world document. On the route, the bombers made three coaching bombing assaults on targets in Okinawa and Italy.

They needed to incorporate AGM-129 cruise missiles made utilizing Stealth expertise into the armament of manufacturing plane. For this, even three plane had been modernized. One was outfitted with exterior pylons and two with launchers within the bomb bay for 4 missiles. However the rocket itself was unsuccessful, advanced, and costly, and ultimately, it was faraway from service. An identical destiny additionally befell the AGM-131ASRAM II rocket, whose program was closed in 1991. The SRAM AGM-69A rocket was in service till 1993, after which the B-1B lastly ceased to be a nuclear missile service.

Though B-1B misplaced its nuclear standing lengthy earlier than that. In 1991, the fight responsibility of plane with nuclear weapons ceased, and in 1992 the legendary Strategic Aviation Command was disbanded. The top of the Chilly Conflict relieved tensions, and the bombers got here below the management of the air armies of the newly created Air Fight Command [ACC]. B-1Bs fell into the eighth and twelfth armies and had been additionally quickly assigned to varied air teams for the interval of the workout routines.

The 96th B-1B air wing turned a part of the seventh air wing and, along with tactical plane, shaped an experimental combined operational air group. It was believed that such a connection would function wherever on the earth with out further help and would be capable to carry out any activity. In 1994, B-1Bs from the Grand Fox and McConnell bases had been assigned to the 116th and 184th Air Nationwide Guard Wings, the place they had been used till 2002. By 2001, 92 plane remained in operation. One was decommissioned, and the remainder had been misplaced in accidents and disasters.

Adjustments within the construction of the US Air Pressure involved not solely subordination but in addition influenced the looks of the plane. If earlier all strategic bombers had been marked with a serial quantity and the SAC emblem, now the letters USAF [or AF] and two letters of the airbase designation appeared on the keels close to the serial quantity. As well as, coloured stripes of squadron affiliation and squadron emblems had been utilized to the keels. A bit later, brilliant drawings [Nose Art] with mottos or with the plane’s personal names began appearing on the bow of the B-1B.

The shortcomings recognized throughout the operation had been eradicated by enhancements, as well as, deliberate work was carried out to modernize the plane programs. One of many first to enhance the management system when it comes to stall prevention at excessive angles of assault. The improve of the software program and the rise within the accuracy of the angle of assault sensors befell in two levels and was accomplished in 1992. The SIS [Stall Inhibitor System] stall warning system started to react extra harshly to approaching the utmost permissible angle of assault, not permitting the plane management follow be pulled.

Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber
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In 1990, the bomber acquired the official title Lancer. Flo, it appeared very late and didn’t take root. In elements, the plane most popular to be known as by designation – B-One. In one of many articles, the journalists missed the hyphen and so they acquired simply Bone – actually translated as “bone” or “skeleton”. This catchy nickname turned the principle one for the B-1B.

With the top of the Chilly Conflict, the US Air Pressure started to onboard plane programs. The primary adjustments affected the digital warfare advanced. The very fact is that it was consistently being refined, and its composition and software program diverse on totally different plane. This violated the unification and considerably sophisticated the operation, particularly at distant bases, the place there was no documentation for every particular board. Work resulted in 1992.

Then we moved on to the weapons system. The exclusion of its nuclear element required acceptable modifications to the tools, which had been known as the Typical Mission Improve Program [CMUP]. This system included the set up of recent connectors, information transmission programs, and the introduction of recent requirements for the B-1B, which had been utilized in standard weapons, from guided bombs and hanging containers with sighting programs to gas tanks.

Step one was the set up of all crucial tools. The plane acquired the designation B-1B Block B. Additional, adjustments had been made to permit using common cluster munitions CBU-87, -88, 97 – B-1B Block C.

The next enhancements – Block D befell for six years and resulted in 2001. They allowed using GBU-31 JDAM-guided bombs guided by GPS alerts. As well as, the communication system was finalized, and two Raytheon AN / ALE-50 containers had been fastened alongside the perimeters of the tail part of the plane, every of which contained 4 disposable decoys towed on cables. The entice was a cylindrical container with a cruciform tail. Its receiver acquired enemy radar alerts, amplified them, and the transmitter radiated again a extra highly effective sign than that mirrored from the service and thereby attracting the GOS of anti-aircraft missiles. After use, the decoy was discarded. An identical system was put in on tactical plane F-16 and F / A-18.

Block E enhancements started in 2005 and had been accomplished in September 2006. They allowed the B-1B to make use of AGM-158 JASSM cruise missiles, AGM-158C LRASM anti-ship missiles, AGM-154 JSOW glide bombs, and WCMD tang bomb clusters that appropriate the trajectory of the autumn, bearing in mind the wind within the goal space. Adjustments had been made to the bomber system software program to mechanically change the kind of ammunition, which made it potential to ship successive strikes on targets with several types of bombs on the contact of a single button. For instance, throughout testing on Could 2, 2002, a B-1B struck three targets with three several types of ammunition [Mk.82 bombs, Mk.84 bombs, and CBU-89 cassettes] inside 20 seconds.

The commander of the twenty eighth Bomber Wing, Colonel Jeffrey Smith, summing up the outcomes of the newest modernization program, stated: “Now we have one plane that may carry all varieties of ammunition in giant portions and with a protracted flight time. We are able to carry 500- kilos within the entrance, 1000 kilos within the center and 2000 kilos within the again. You at all times have the fitting bomb to work with minimal collateral injury. That’s an enormous luxurious for a commander.”

In 2003, the SBP [Sustainment Block Program] bomber upkeep program was introduced. It aimed for a scientific [annual] improve of the B-1B fleet with superior avionics and software program. Its first stage is named Block F. The adjustments involved the digital warfare system. The variety of its blocks was decreased, the software program was improved and enhancements had been made to counter trendy enemy air protection programs.

In February 2004, Collins was awarded a contract to interchange the out of date monochrome shows within the cockpit with 5×7 inch coloration LCDs.

In March 2008, the B-1B turned the primary plane to fly at supersonic speeds utilizing a mixed gas, which was a 50/50 combination of aviation kerosene and an artificial gas derived from pure gasoline utilizing the Fischer-Tropsch course of. This flight was an essential a part of the US Air Pressure’s program to create low cost plane gas.

Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber
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One other occasion within the historical past of the B-1B was the equipping of it with the AN / AAQ-33 Sniper optoelectronic container [from English – sniper] from Lockheed Martin. A container with an HD high quality infrared tv system and a laser rangefinder-target designator was held on a pylon on the fitting below the nostril of the plane. In line with the builders, it allowed the crew to look, establish and illuminate the goal with out help from the bottom.

Because of all this work, the B-1B turned a common service of precision weapons and will destroy any goal wherever on the earth.

Regardless of ever-increasing alternatives, in 2001 the US Division of Protection determined to scale back the entire variety of bombers by 35 models to save lots of funds funds. There have been rumors in regards to the sale of “further” B-1Bs to the UK and Australia, however supposedly the negotiators didn’t agree on a value.

The primary B-1B was withdrawn from service in August 2002. The plane was despatched to the Davis-Monthan storage base. In complete, 24 B-1Bs turned out to be there, the remainder “dispersed” to instructional establishments, and museums and started to eternally park in entrance of the gates of airbases. As of 2017, the US had 62 B-1B bombers. 38 of them are concentrated at Dyess Air Pressure Base, within the seventh Bombardment Wing [BW], and 24 are a part of the twenty eighth BW at Ellsworth Air Pressure Base.

The seventh air wing consists of three squadrons [bomb squadron – BS]: ninth, twenty eighth, and 77th. The motto of the unit: “Mor’s ab alto” [from Latin – death from above]. Tail code – DY.

The twenty eighth air wing consists of two squadrons: the thirty fourth and thirty seventh. In reminiscence of the actions of the plane of the air wing throughout World Conflict II in Alaska, the Aleutian, and the Kuril Islands, the motto of the unit is Guardian of the North. Tail code – EL.

On September 4, 2013 B-1B participated within the analysis program as a maritime patrol bomber. The work evaluated using guided munitions in opposition to naval targets, akin to GBU-54 laser-guided bombs, JDAM bombs, and AGM-158C LRASM anti-ship missiles.

In April 2015, B-1Bs had been transferred to the AFGSC [Air Force Global Strike Command] International Strike Command, whose primary duties are international deterrence, help for the US Armed Forces “anytime, wherever.” Along with the B-1B, it included the air wings of the B-52, B-2 bombers, and elements of intercontinental ballistic missiles. In truth, the Strategic Air Command was revived. Communication and management of AFGSC models are carried out by 4 E-4B air command posts.

In 2016, the bombers started to endure enhancements as a part of the Built-in Fight Station program. New coloration indicators had been put in within the cockpit and data and pc programs had been up to date.

The primary fight use of the B-1B befell throughout Operation Desert Fox. The operation was carried out from 16 to 19 December 1998 in opposition to essential army and political targets in Iraq, in response to Saddam Hussein’s refusal to adjust to a UN Safety Council decision.

In mid-November 1998, six B-1Bs from the thirty seventh and ninth squadrons had been relocated to the Center East. On November 30, the plane started to make coaching flights from the Tumrait airbase in Oman. The crews studied the scenario and the theater of operations. The primary goal for them was the barracks of the Republican Guard of Iraq in Al-Kut. The operation started instantly after Ramadan. On December 17 at 22.30, a pair of B-1Bs took off from Tumrait. Within the bomb bays of every of them, there have been 60 Mk.82 high-explosive bombs. The pilots piloted the planes carrying night-vision goggles. Over the ocean, eight F/A-18 escorts joined the B-1Bs. One EA-6V digital warfare plane with HARM anti-radar missiles additionally entered the battle formation. As well as, a pair of F-14s with AIM-54 long-range missiles lined all the group alongside the flight route. Such a severe outfit of forces spoke of the significance of what was occurring. In any case, the primary sortie of the B-1B was imagined to go down in historical past as a convincing success, not a failure.

Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber
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Lancers crossed the Iraqi border at an altitude of 7900 m at a velocity of 880 km/h. Operators of digital warfare programs famous that the radars of the S-75 complexes started to work on them, however virtually instantly they turned off. A bit later, the EA-6B attacked with a HARM missile the Kub air protection system found within the space of ​​​​the Iraqi airfield Tallil. In line with intelligence, the Czechoslovak L-29 transformed into drones had been based mostly at this airfield, on which the Iraqis needed to hold 500-liter containers with anthrax micro organism. However Tullil was within the space of ​​duty of the British Tornadoes, and the American group proceeded additional.

Within the goal space, the radars of the S-125 complexes labored for a number of seconds alongside the B-1B. Most likely, their operators had been afraid of launching anti-radar missiles and subsequently turned off their radars. Solely anti-aircraft artillery was lively, nevertheless it didn’t attain the B-1B flight altitude.

It was already December 18 when the planes dropped their bombs and with a proper flip lay down on the return course. At 6.30 am the bombers returned to Tumrait. The outcomes of the strike had been clearly seen on satellite tv for pc photos: out of 10 buildings, not less than six acquired direct hits. The next day, one other pair of B-1Bs additionally efficiently attacked an oil refinery in Basra.

In 1999, Lancers turned contributors in Operation Noble Anvil [from English – a noble anvil] – airstrikes in opposition to targets in Serbia. To cut back the time to succeed in the goal, 9 B-1Bs had been deployed from the US to the British base in Fairford. The primary six bombers from No. 37 Squadron and a C-5A upkeep group landed in England on 29 March. A part of the plane underwent the Block D revision, on account of which the digital warfare programs had been reconfigured to work in opposition to the Serbian air protection radar. Engineers from the thirty sixth Engineering Check Squadron up to date the software program of the advanced in simply 100 hours, though this work often took a number of months.

The primary sortie befell on April 2, and the goal was an oil refinery within the Novi Unhappy area. On the path to the goal, a pair of B-1Bs had been fired twice by the Kub air protection system. In each instances, the missiles hit AN / ALE-50 towed traps. The fight mission was efficiently accomplished, 168 Mk.82 bombs had been dropped on the plant. After shedding the load on one bomber, the bomb bay doorways didn’t shut, which led to extreme gas consumption, however this didn’t stop him from returning to base. After touchdown, the automotive discovered minor injury to the stabilizer brought on by lightning.

The bombers had been outfitted with the MSTS [Multi-Source Tactical System] tactical goal designation system, which acquired real-time goal information from the Joint Air Operations Heart positioned in Vicenza, Italy. The preliminary information got here there from 4 reconnaissance satellites. MSTS allowed the B-1Bs to be shortly retargeted and strikes “on order” from an “air watch” place. It was a very new phrase within the ways of utilizing heavy bombers. Beforehand, the operations of such plane had been at all times fastidiously deliberate upfront. On account of this method, the B-1Bs, which flew solely 74 sorties, which is 2% of the entire coalition fight plane sorties, was in a position to drop 20% of the entire variety of ammunition. In line with the Deputy Commander of the Allied Air Pressure Lieutenant Charles McGuirk, the technical serviceability of the B-1B was very excessive – on the degree of 90%.

B-1Bs received the respect not solely of their troops but in addition of the enemy. The Serbs had been very shocked that standard bombs may ship such correct strikes. Notably surprising for them was the flexibility of the Lancers to bomb “blindly”, by the clouds.

For the reason that fall of 2001, B-1Bs have been actively concerned in operations in opposition to the Taliban in Afghanistan. Through the first six months of Operation Enduring Freedom alone, eight bombers dropped virtually 40% of the entire coalition aviation ammunition. Not like Serbia, the place the Lancers operated solely with standard ammunition, in Afghanistan, greater than 60% of strikes had been carried out with guided bombs.

The principle duties of the B-1B had been airstrikes, shut help of floor forces, and even the escort of convoys. The plane had been based mostly on the Tumright base in Oman and on about. Diego Garcia within the Indian Ocean. To visualise operational details about the scenario on the bottom and potential targets, the workplaces of fight system operators had been “furnished” with standard laptops related to the bomber’s data system.

Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber
Picture credit score: Wikipedia

Every B-1B concerned in Operation Enduring Freedom flew 3-4 sorties per thirty days. The Lancers had been within the responsibility zone for five hours, the flight took about 11 hours, and the utmost fight load reached 24 GBU-31 JDAM bombs. The blow was delivered from excessive altitudes, about 12,000 m, and, as one of many American floor generals Jeffrey S. Buchanan put it: “The enemy didn’t even have time to know what occurred.”

After all, tactical plane didn’t have such capabilities. For instance, their fight load was solely 4 JDAM bombs. Gen. Daniel P. Leaf, who on the time was the Deputy Chief of Workers of the Air Pressure for Air and Area Operations, stated this about using bombers in Afghanistan: “In case you urged that I exploit the B-1B with JDAM in direct help of the bottom ten years in the past, I’d have laughed heartily as a result of this isn’t in any respect what we needed earlier than. Nonetheless, confronted with tough duties in Afghanistan, we used the plane in a particularly versatile kind.

This very “kind” was certainly versatile. B-1B needed to work even in combined strike teams. For instance, in January 2002, 4 Lancers, together with 4 F/A-18s and an AC-130 gunship, destroyed a big al-Qaeda cave advanced at Zakhwar Kili in japanese Afghanistan. This was a coaching camp, a warehouse, and a form of al-Qaeda sanctuary. It was already hit by cruise missiles in 1998, however its effectiveness was low. This time the advanced was fully destroyed.

Mr. Patrick McMahon briefly described his typical sortie for the press: “We’ll take off, meet the tanker after three hours of flight, fly one other couple of hours to Afghanistan, get directions from the command, have a look at the radar, and wait till somebody will name us so we are able to fly in and do our factor. When our bombs are dropped, after aerial refueling, we’ll go dwelling.”

After all, actual flights didn’t look so routine. In line with the descriptions of the pilots, when the ahead air controllers contacted the B-1B crews by radio, they, as a rule, had been within the heart of the battle. Typically screams, explosions, and so on. had been heard within the headphones. Most frequently, particular forces teams requested for assist in mountainous areas, they could possibly be below fireplace from an enemy bunker or cave, which the B-1Bs had been imagined to destroy.

Such proximity to the goal may pose a hazard to their troopers. On June 9, 2014, the B-1B with the Sniper container turned notorious after attacking pleasant troops in Afghanistan. A detachment of particular operations forces requested assist from the air, hitting the encirclement. The ahead air controller contacted the help heart. The crew of a B-1B loitering close by instantly responded and dropped two JDAM bombs at coordinates indicated from the bottom. On the identical time, the plane controller requested the crew in the event that they noticed the IR strobe lights on the helmets of the troopers, and so they answered within the unfavourable. The strike killed 5 American and one Afghan commando. Through the investigation, it turned out that the IR station of the Sniper container merely doesn’t see the flashes of the usual strobe gentle for night time operations, that are utilized in fight to establish buddy or foe.

In 2003, B-1Bs reappeared in Iraqi skies. This time they participated within the larger-scale Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraqi Freedom), the aim of which was to overthrow the regime of Saddam Hussein. The primary sorties had been made by the bomber crews from the Tumright base on March 20. The principle weapons of the plane had been GBU-31 JDAM guided bombs. In 24 hours of fight work, B-1Bs attacked 240 targets within the Baghdad space. It’s symbolic that the primary bomber to fly over the capital of Iraq was the B-1B [Ne 86-0121] “Symphony of Destruction” from the twenty eighth BW.

The bombers needed to function within the face of robust opposition from Iraqi air defenses. So, on March 21, a B-1B at an altitude of 8000 m was fired upon by missiles of the S-75 advanced. The crew recorded not less than two launches, and one of many missiles handed very near the plane. The SAM radars had been suppressed by the Lancer EW system and from the EA-6B escort plane, however the Iraqis launched their missiles in an unguided mode, hoping for an unintentional hit and a psychological impact. Nonetheless, the B-1B at all times emerged victorious in such instances. Within the subsequent run, he destroyed the battery of the seventy fifth advanced with direct hits of bombs.

Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber
Picture credit score: Wikpedia

April 7, 2003 B-1B [No. 86-0138] “Search and destroy” turned well-known after the assault on the restaurant, which allegedly was Saddam together with his sons. The bomber was on responsibility within the air over central Iraq. After receiving the duty, it took the crew solely 47 minutes to seek out and destroy the restaurant, however Saddam Hussein both managed to depart the constructing or was not on the indicated place in any respect.

In March 2011, 4 B-1Bs from the twenty eighth BW took half in Operation Odyssey Daybreak, the aim of which was to strike on the forces of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. The operation started on March 19, and B-1Bs joined the coalition air power on the finish – on March 27. On that day, for the primary time in its historical past, bombers struck from their “native” Ellsworth base.

The planes carried Sniper containers and a full load of JDAM bombs. The takeoff befell in circumstances of poor visibility. After 12 hours of flight with two aerial refuelings, the B-1Bs had been on track. The reviews of the representatives of the Air Pressure didn’t point out particular targets, however in accordance with the plan of the operation, the bombers had been imagined to destroy air protection services and command posts. The enemy anti-aircraft artillery was actively engaged on the B-1B, nevertheless it was not sufficient for the peak of their flight.

Since August 2014, B-1Bs have been actively used in opposition to ISIS forces in Syria, as a part of Operation Inherent Resolve. Till January 2015, Lancers accomplished 8% of the entire variety of US Air Pressure sorties. Bombers from the seventh BW dropped over 2,000 JDAM bombs, and from the twenty eighth BW about 3,800. The chemical assault of the Bashar al-Assad regime in Douma hit Syrian army installations. In line with representatives of the US Air Pressure, 19 AGM-158В JASSM-ER missiles had been fired with out flying into the Syrian air protection zone. This was the primary fight use of cruise missiles of this kind.

On July 8, 2017, B-1Bs had been utilized in a present of power by flying alongside the coast of North Korea. From potential provocations and assaults, they had been lined by F-15 fighters.

The B-1B has in some ways develop into a singular strategic plane. After the top of the Chilly Conflict, it misplaced its position as a nuclear bomber and will properly have ended up in a landfill, however its traits and vast modernization capabilities allowed the Lancer to simply match into the fashionable aviation technique. He turned a help plane, a form of “bomber on name”, saving the lives of fighters and destroying any enemy targets with high-precision weapons.

Nonetheless, such an uncommon position for a heavy bomber additionally had unfavourable points that would negatively have an effect on the present state of army aviation in the US. For instance, in a 2015 congressional listening to, Secretary of the Air Pressure Deborah Lee James stated that air help could possibly be offered by drones, F-16 and F-15 fighters, and the B-1B bomber. And that the upkeep of a complete fleet of 283 A-10 assault plane is impractical. To which Senator John McCain angrily remarked, “That’s an exquisite assertion. It doesn’t match with my life expertise or the expertise of my mates… Are you abandoning the B-1B bomber as an air weapon to interchange the A-10?”

McCain was in opposition to such an unequal alternative. Nonetheless, professionals affiliate direct help with assault plane that “hold” over the battlefield and are seen by the fighters. However the actual fact {that a} strategic bomber ousted an assault plane from the battlefield makes one deal with the Lancer with respect.

Assault plane A-10 managed to defend, however occasions have already modified. And precision weapons have develop into a decisive think about trendy warfare. If earlier bombers couldn’t compete with tactical plane in hitting accuracy, now one B-1B can hit as many targets in a sortie as 40 carrier-based strike plane destroy them. It’s believed that since 2003, the B-1B has lastly changed the B-52 in issues associated to using standard weapons.

Assessing the B-1B, one can’t ignore its affect on the event of enemy plane. Fie secret that in response to the B-1 program within the USSR, they started to develop an analogous plane – the now well-known Tu-160. It can’t be known as a replica, nevertheless it can’t be stated that the Tupolev Design Bureau created one thing particular.

Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber
Picture credit score: Wikipedia

The historical past of the Tu-160 started virtually concurrently with the AMSA mission. Similar to abroad, numerous tasks of probably the most unbelievable layouts had been put ahead for the competitors, such because the T-4MS of the Sukhoi Design Bureau, which was a flying wing with variable-sweep consoles. Ultimately, the looks of the Tu-160 was shaped based mostly on the B-1 idea. The ultimate necessities for the Soviet plane had been introduced 6 years later, and it took to the air on November 14, 1981, when the People had already accomplished work on the B-1 A and started to organize the mass manufacturing of the “B”. The USSR additionally needed to construct not less than 100 Tu-160s, however solely 35 automobiles had been produced. They started to enter service in 1987.

The operation of serial bombers in elements started to point out the shortcomings of the plane. The very first thing that the engineering and technical workers of the B-1B encountered was the excessive failure fee of assorted onboard programs. Most frequently, the gas and hydraulic programs, the digital warfare advanced, the radar, and the built-in management system failed. In line with the statistics of the primary yr of operation, it turned out that, on common, 2.2 failures had been recorded in every flight on the plane. In elements, an absence of spare elements and blocks started to step by step seem.

A yr later, due to the efforts of specialists from Rockwell, the failure fee was decreased to 1.6 and additional to 1, however this determine can nonetheless be thought-about abnormally excessive. Even compared with the B-52, which had about 0.7 failures per flight. Many B-1Bs had been merely idle ready for repairs. Additionally they needed to resort to technical cannibalism, eradicating serviceable tools from idle machines and putting in it on the plane that participated within the flights. By the top of the Eighties, every squadron already had from two to 4 understaffed bombers.

Related difficulties had been skilled by the personnel of the models the place the Tu-160 arrived. In virtually each flight, failures of the onboard digital tools, the ABSU 200 management system had been recorded, happily, very important programs had redundancy. A lot of malfunctions led to the truth that the preparation of 1 Tu-160 for flight may stretch for 3 days. Not with out technical cannibalism. Within the 2000s, most plane had been in a non-flying state, blocks wandered from one aspect to a different. For instance, on August 18, 2005, when the President of the Russian Federation V. Putin determined to fly a Tu-160, there have been solely 4 serviceable plane of this kind in Engels, of which solely two may take off. The remaining 14 automobiles had been in a semi-disassembled state.

The ability plant delivered massive hassle to the crews of the Tu-160. At first, the engine life was solely 250 hours, now it has been prolonged to 750 hours. Issues arose recurrently when beginning engines, failures of automated management in flight, particularly within the nozzle management system. As soon as within the air on the Tu-160, two NK-32s stopped without delay, the thrust reserve of two serviceable engines made it potential to efficiently full the flight. The case of engine failure on takeoff on August 2, 1988, throughout an illustration of the Tu-160 to US Secretary of Protection Carlucci, turned well-known.

By the way in which, all of the losses of the Tu-160 are related exactly with the facility plant. The second prototype crashed as a result of destruction of one of many engines and a hearth on board. The second incident occurred on September 18, 2003, when the Tu-160 exploded within the air virtually instantly after takeoff, throughout a flyby of the facility plant. Earlier than the crash, the crew managed to report a hearth in two engines. The plane’s gas tanks are believed to have exploded.

Circumstances of energy plant failures within the B-1B had been additionally fairly widespread. One of many first occurred in November 1988, when plane no. 85-0063 in flight, a hearth broke out in two engines, and the crew ejected.

The B-1B was notable for quite a few gas leaks from the tanks, however they didn’t result in catastrophic penalties. The principle reason behind leaks had been vibrations, overloads, and deformations of the plane construction throughout flights at low altitudes. For instance, in April 1986, 53 tank leaks had been recorded on 11 plane. The next yr, there have been 41 leaks from 26 bombers. Along with the tanks, the connections of the hydraulic system pipelines had been leaking.

These issues couldn’t be solved on the spot, by the upkeep personnel, and whereas the designers had been in search of a approach out of the scenario, the Air Pressure banned flights with terrain envelopes at altitudes under 300 m, and the flight velocity at this altitude was restricted to 1050 km / h. The answer was to seal the gas tanks with a brand new sealant. After the modifications, the leaks virtually stopped.

The information of the destruction of structural components of the B-1B in flight are virtually unknown. Though it’s potential to provide an instance of the separation of nebulizers within the tail part of the plane. Tu-160 suffered from design flaws way more severely. Because of vibrations in its air intakes, rivets typically got here off, and cracks appeared. There was delamination of honeycomb tail panels. A number of occasions in flight, elements of the fork and stabilizer got here off. All these instances are related to a low manufacturing tradition or with the backwardness of the Soviet trade within the subject of composite supplies.

Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber
Picture credit score: Wikipedia

The hydraulic programs of each machines introduced many disagreeable surprises to their homeowners. The B-1B suffered from wheel brakes. On April 4, 2008, after the failure of two hydraulic programs, the B-1B rolled in the direction of the parking zone of C-130 plane and crashed right into a concrete fence. There was a hearth. The aircraft had simply landed after a sortie to Afghanistan and had 908 kg JDAM bombs on board. The crew managed to depart the bomber, after which the detonation of the bombs started. The automotive was fully destroyed. Circumstances of touchdown gear failure and one touchdown on the fuselage are additionally recognized – because the Could 8, 2005 incident.

Oddly sufficient, initially of the operation of the Tu-160, errors had been found within the design of the chassis. The principle posts needed to be shortened earlier than cleansing into a distinct segment, however this didn’t at all times occur. In 1988, the crews needed to fly with the struts prolonged for a number of months, till the designers modified the kinematics of their creation.

Failures and malfunctions had a severe affect on the fight readiness of plane. You’ll be able to’t actually combat with the prolonged touchdown gear, however even much less severe issues restricted the fight functionality of the plane. For instance, within the B-1B, the radar was the explanation for the introduction of low-altitude flight restrictions. She perceived comparatively small metallic objects, akin to energy pylons, and metallic roofs, as important hills. On the identical time, the plane was at a very protected top, however the terrain envelope system gave the command to roll up.

The digital warfare programs of each plane had issues with reliability and electromagnetic compatibility with different onboard tools. The People usually confirmed errors within the software program, and the cooling system failed. The protection programs of each the Tu-160 and B-1B had been subjected to fixed enhancements and started to be thought-about combat-ready solely within the late Nineties.

On the B-1B, the developed on-board built-in management system CITS [Central Integrated Test Subsystem] lined virtually all bomber programs with its sensors. It was designed to simplify upkeep by virtually fully eliminating exterior management and inspection programs that beforehand needed to be introduced or delivered to the plane throughout upkeep. However its complexity and branching performed a merciless joke. Within the first years of operation, the system may subject as much as 120 false failure alerts in a single flight preparation. Because of enhancements, this quantity dropped to 74, and within the late Nineties to a dozen, however nonetheless, such issues can’t be thought-about the norm. Plane raids had been reducing, which led to the non-fulfillment of the fight coaching plan and worsened the {qualifications} of the flight personnel. In 1987, solely 13 crews may fly on 30 bombers, and never one in every of them was ready to interrupt by enemy air defenses at low altitudes.

At current, many of the “childhood ailments” of each plane have been defeated, and they’re used fairly intensively. “Lancers” are engaged in supporting their floor forces, and the Tu-160 works as a deterrent and provocative element, it’s very often caught by Western fighters close to their borders.

Tu-160 remained a aircraft from the previous. It’s nonetheless solely a strategic bomber and a service of nuclear weapons, and as we speak that is not sufficient. Its superiority in most flight velocity doesn’t give any benefits within the circumstances of recent air protection, however solely “eats” gas. Sure, it will probably strike floor targets with cruise missiles with standard warheads, however there may be no query of any help for floor forces. The Tu-160 merely doesn’t have such capabilities. It could be very unusual to listen to from the command of the Russian Air Pressure that the Tu-160 can exchange the Su-25 assault plane. Maybe that claims all of it. By way of armament and tools, the B-1B completely surpassed its counterpart. The B-1B is predicted to be in service till 2025 and its historical past is just not over but.

Technical description

The plane is a cantilever low-wing plane with a variable-sweep wing having an integral aerodynamic structure. The design is made primarily of aluminum and titanium alloys, in addition to composite supplies. The crew of the plane consists of 4 folks: two pilots and two navigators-operators of onboard programs. The left one is the operator of the onboard protection advanced, and the fitting one is the operator of the sighting and navigation advanced.

The fuselage is semi-monocoque, divided into 5 sections. Within the entrance, there’s a radar compartment, a cockpit, and an airborne electronics compartment. Underneath the cockpit, there’s a area of interest for the retracted place of the entrance touchdown gear. The cockpit has 4 Weber ACES II class “0-0” ejection seats. Entry to the cab is thru a hatch positioned behind the area of interest of the entrance touchdown gear. A ladder is constructed into the fold-down hatch cowl. Outdoors, this part is provided with “wings” of the automated system for damping elastic vibrations SMCS, made from composite materials.

The subsequent part of the fuselage incorporates the ahead bomb bay, gas tanks on either side, and air protection compartments within the toes of the foundation fastened a part of the wing. Subsequent is a welded energy beam – the central wing field, made from 80% titanium. Wing consoles and primary touchdown gear are connected to it. The third part of the fuselage is occupied by niches of the principle touchdown gear, rear bomb bay, and gas tanks. Engines are connected to this part. The subsequent part of the fuselage is an integral gas tank, and the tail part is the BKO compartment. The loaded components of the aft fuselage construction and the pores and skin in areas uncovered to excessive temperatures are made from titanium.

The wing consists of a central caisson and two consoles hinged on it. Wing consoles – two-spar. The central caisson and console caissons are gas tank compartments. The sweep of the console alongside the forefront can fluctuate from 15 levels to 67.5 levels. The hinge of its flip is made from a titanium alloy. A double-row bearing is put in alongside the hinge axis. The screw mechanism of the console drive is positioned within the nostril of the foundation fastened a part of the wing behind the ACS compartment. The drive is powered by 4 hydraulic programs. The hole between the rotary consoles and the fastened a part of the wing is closed with flaps and material rubberized inflatable seals.

Historic landing of the US B-1B Lancer in the Arctic [photos]
Picture credit score: USAF

The mechanization of the wing consists of seven-section slats, six-section single-slotted flaps, and 4 sections of spoilers on every console. The utmost deflection angle of the flap is 40 levels, and the slat is – 20 levels. The discharge and retraction of the flaps and wing liners are carried out utilizing screw mechanisms, and the spoilers are pushed by hydraulic cylinders. There are not any ailerons on the wing. Roll management is offered by spoilers at the side of a differentially deflectable stabilizer. When the sweep of the consoles exceeds 20 levels, the 2 interior sections of the flaps are fastened within the retracted place. In-flight at supersonic velocity, exterior spoilers had been fastened.

The tail unit features a fin, rudder, and all-moving stabilizer. Keel and stabilizer – caisson design, two-spar. The rudder is three-section and has a three-layer construction with a honeycomb core. The tails and noses of the stabilizer are fiberglasses. The stabilizer consoles are fastened on metal axles, that are put in within the central bearing at about 30% of the keel span. They will deflect each synchronously [pitch control] and differentially [roll control]. The rudder strikes within the vary of plus or minus 25 levels. The stabilizer deflects 10 levels up and 25 levels down throughout pitch management, and inside +/-20 levels throughout roll management.

The touchdown gear of the plane is a tricycle with front-controlled help. In-flight, the touchdown gear retracts into the fuselage niches and is totally closed by doorways. All chassis legs are telescopic. 4-wheeled carts are put in on the principle racks, with two wheels on the entrance. Chassis monitor – 4.42 m; base – 17.53 m.

The ability plant consists of 4 Normal Electrical F101-GE-102 afterburner turbojet engines, that are positioned in pairs below the fastened a part of the wing. Engine thrust at most mode – 7718 kgf, afterburner – 13974 kgf. Bypass ratio – 2. Engine size – 4598 mm, diameter – 1397 mm, dry weight – 1996 kg. The engine is two-shaft, consists of an axial two-stage low-pressure compressor (fan), a nine-stage axial high-pressure compressor, an annular combustion chamber, a single-stage high-pressure turbine, and a two-stage low-pressure turbine. The information vanes of the inlet machine and the primary three levels of the high-pressure compressor are rotary. The engine air consumption is unregulated with a curved inlet channel, during which two curved longitudinal baffles are put in in tandem.

The gas system consists of eight tanks [five fuselages and three wings] with a complete capability of 112,635 liters. Refueling is centralized by two nodes on the fitting engine nacelle. The gas on the plane is used as a coolant to chill the REO. It’s potential to hold in every bomb bay one further tank with a capability of as much as 11,000 liters. A shortened 4864 l gas tank may be put in within the ahead bomb bay along with a revolving launcher for cruise missiles. The plane is provided with an automated gas switch system to keep up centering when the wing sweep adjustments or the fight load is dropped; an in-flight refueling system [the fuel receiver is located in front of the cockpit canopy] and an emergency gas drain system [drain valves are located at the wingtips].

Plane management system – booster, irreversible kind. Booster management wiring is inflexible. The backup management system is electrically distant. The plane is provided with an AFCS automated management system with subsystems for enhancing stability and management traits.

The hydraulic system supplies for the rotation of the wing consoles, the operation of the steering surfaces and wing mechanization, the cleansing, and extension of the touchdown gear, the management of the entrance help and wheel brakes, and the operation of the bomb bay doorways. It consists of 4 concurrently working unbiased programs with a working strain of 280 kg/cm2.

The ability provide system supplies customers with the alternating three-phase present of 230/400 V with a frequency of 400 Hz. The sources of electrical energy are three mills with a capability of 115 kVA, that are related to 4 buses.

Onboard tools consists of radar station AN/APQ-164; inertial navigation system SKN-2440; satellite tv for pc navigation system, Doppler floor velocity and drift angle AN/APN-218; astro-inertial navigation system NAS-26; satellite tv for pc communication system AN/ASC-19; radio stations AN / ARC-190 and AN / ARC-171; radio station for closed communication channels KY-58; identification system “buddy or foe” AN / ARKH-101A; intercom system; excessive altitude radio altimeter AN/ASN-131; low altitude radio altimeter AN/APN-224; radio navigation system TACAN AN/ARN-118; radio touchdown system AN / ARN-108; rear hemisphere warning system AN/ALQ-153; tail safety radar; AN / ALQ-161 digital warfare system, AN / ALQ-157 lively IR jamming station, AN / ALE-40 decoy capturing set up.

plane armament. In two bomb bays, you possibly can hold rocket and bomb weapons weighing as much as 34,000 kg, together with free-fall bombs Mk 82 [84 pieces] or Mk 84 [24 pieces], sea mines Mk 62 [84 pieces] or Mk 65 [8 pieces], bomb clusters CBU-87/89/97 [30 pcs] or CBU-103/104 WCMD [30 pcs], guided bombs GBU-31 [24 pcs.] or GBU-38/54 [15 pcs.], cruise missiles AGM-158A / C [24 pcs].

Modification B-1B
Wingspan, m
– most 41.80
– minimal 24.10
Plane size, m 44.50
Plane top, m 10.36
Wing space, m2 181.16
Weight, kg
– empty aircraft 86,183
– most takeoff weight 214,650
Inner gas, kg 88,450
Engine kind 4 turbofan Normal Electrical F-101-GE-102
Thrust, kN
– unforced 4 x 64.94
– compelled 4 x 136.92
Most velocity M1.20
Cruise velocity M0.95
Ferry vary, km 12,000
Sensible vary, km
– with out refueling 8,195
– with refueling as much as 17,530
Sensible ceiling, m 18,300
Max. working overload 2.5
Crew 4
Armament within the bomb bay – as much as 34000 kg
on exterior hangers – as much as 26700 kg
Unguided weapons:
24 B-61 bombs or 24 B-83 bombs.
as much as 84 Mk.82 or Mk.62 bombs or 12 Mk.65 bombs or
30 cluster bombs CBU-87, CBU-89 GATOR, CBU-97
Precision weapons:
12 GBU-27 or AGM-154 JSOW or
24 JDAM or JASSM or 30 WCMD


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