The Air Force's B-1B Lancer bomber is about to move front and center in the U.S. military's power-projection mission in the Pacific.
As part of its mission 'reset' for the B-1 fleet, the Air Force is not only making its supersonic bombers more visible with multiple flights around the world, it's also getting back into the habit of having them practice stand-off precision strikes in the Pacific, a dramatic pivot following years of flying close-air support missions in the Middle East.
The 'nice thing about the B-1 is it can carry LRASM, and that's perfectly suited for the Pacific theater,' said Maj. Gen. Jim Dawkins Jr., commander of the Eighth Air Force and the Joint-Global Strike Operations Center.
The ability to rapidly and effectively deploy and sustain forces in and from multiple dispersed locations to respond to crises.
Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile.
The AGM-158C LRASM is a stealthy anti-ship cruise missile developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.