The U.S. Air Force is taking a hard look at outfitting the B-1B Lancer bomber to carry hypersonic missiles. The ex-nuclear bomber could carry more than two dozen ARRW missiles, each of which flies at a blistering 15,345 miles an hour. The refit could transform the B-1 from an aging bomber on the verge of retirement into a‘door kicker’ that would fire the opening shots in a future conflict.
The B-1B bomber was originally designed as a heavy strategic bomber meant to conduct low-level, high-speed dashes into Soviet territory to carry out nuclear strikes. In the 2000s the bomber lost its nuclear mission and performed as a‘workhorse’ over the skies of Afghanistan, delivering precision guided strikes in support of friendly ground forces.
Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon.
A nuclear strike could cause substantial fatalities, injuries, and infrastructure damage.