SOFIA, (BM) – During the last mission over the Black Sea, which took place jointly with Poland, Romania and Ukraine, US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers tested and prepared the latest anti-ship missile AGR-158C LRASM, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing RD.
On June 1, 2020, the U.S. Air Force Europe Command (USAFE) issued an official statement on the last flight over the Black Sea, stating that the mission of the B-1B Lancer bombers was focused on the preparation of the long-range anti-ship missile AGR-158C LRASM.
Also, the flight crews were trained to withstand sudden threats in the region. “The increase in the number of closest competitors and the growing tension between NATO and our opponents have returned the potential of anti-ship actions to the forefront of the anti-surface peace mission for bombers,” said the planner of the Bomber Task Force, Lt. Col. Timothy Albrecht.
The AGR-158C LRASM missile, based on the AGM-158B Integrated Long-Range Antiaircraft Missile (JASSM-ER), is a new stealth anti-ship cruise missile developed by the DARPA (Advanced Defense Research Projects Agency) for the US Air Force and Navy.
It is already integrated into the B-1B Lancer and the F / A-18E / F Super Hornet, and will now also be used with the P-8 Poseidon and MK41 vertical launch systems. The B-1B can carry up to 24 such missiles, according to The Aviationist magazine.
According to the publication, this missile, armed with penetrating explosives with a capacity of 1,000 pounds (454 kg) and a fragmentation warhead, is capable of performing high-precision guidance in all weather conditions for a predetermined target.
LRASM is equipped with an electronic support system (ESM), a radar warning receiver (RWR) and artificial intelligence (AI) to prevent threats and recognize the enemy. Recall, last week, two US Air Force Lancer from the 28th bombing wing, based at the Ellsworth Air Force Base, carried out a bomber mission over Eastern Europe, flying with Polish F-16s and MiG-29s, Romanian F-16s and MiGs -21, as well as the Ukrainian Su-27 and MiG-29.
All aircraft were intercepted by Russian Su-27 over the Black Sea. After these events, they were declared at the General Staff of the Russian Federation that these combat vehicles were closely monitored by Russian air defense and could be easily eliminated if they were critically close to the state border of Russia.
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