Scout Warrior: Pentagon Arsenal Plane to Fly With F-35, F-22
The Air Force is already upgrading the historic, 1960s-era bomber with new radios, avionics and weapons capability
The Pentagon’s emerging “Arsenal Plane” or “flying bomb truck” is likely to be a modified, high-tech adaptation of the iconic B-52 bomber designed to fire air-to-air weapons, release swarms of mini-drones and provide additional fire-power to 5th generation stealth fighters such as the F-35 and F-22, Pentagon officials and analysts said.
It is also possible that the emerging arsenal plane could be a modified C-130 or combined version of a B-52 and C-130 drawing from elements of each, Pentagon officials said.
Using a B-52, which is already being modernized with new radios and an expanded internal weapons bay, would provide an existing “militarized” platform already engineered with electronic warfare ability and countermeasures designed to thwart enemy air defenses.
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WNU Editor: For more info on the arsenal plane go here .... U.S. Air Force Scientists are Working to Arm the B-52 Bomber with Laser Weapons (National Interest).