America’s first stealthy bomber, the Rockwell B-1B, now has a new mission: ship killer. Originally designed to penetrate enemy air defenses during a nuclear war, the B-1B has been adapted to a wide range of non-nuclear missions. Now, with the successful launch of the U.S. military’s latest anti-ship cruise missile, the “Bone” has been transformed into a powerful naval strike platform capable of taking on the most heavily defended enemy task forces.
The B-1B bomber was originally conceived as a heavy strategic bomber. The large, swing-wing bomber was meant to fly fast and low, evading enemy radars and interceptors to penetrate the airspace of the Soviet Union and launch nuclear-tipped Short Range Attack Missiles at high value targets.
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