US to use B-1B Lancer and B-2 Spirit strategic bombers to strike Russia
In mid-March, B-1B Lancer and B-2 Spirit strategic bombers of the US Air Force took part in a joint training flight off the coast of Iceland, Greenland and Great Britain, where the appearance of Russian warships and aircraft could be possible, The Drive reports.
"Having B-1Bs and B-2s operate together in the High North makes it abundantly clear that the United States is willing to bring some of its most powerful air assets to bear in the region should it have to confront Russian operations in these areas in the future," the publication wrote.
The B-1B Lancer bomber can use AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) and AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) missiles whereas the stealthy B-2 Spirit can use nuclear weapons.
- The Rockwell B-1 Lancer is a supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber used by the United States Air Force. It is commonly called the "Bone". It is one of three strategic bombers in the U.S. Air Force fleet as of 2021, the other two being the B-2 Spirit and the B-52 Stratofortress.
- The Northrop B-2 Spirit is an American heavy strategic bomber. The aircraft is a flying wing design with a crew of two. The bomber can deploy both conventional and thermonuclear weapons, such as up to eighty 500-pound class (230 kg) Mk 82 JDAM GPS-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400-pound (1,100 kg) B83 nuclear bombs. The B-2 is the only acknowledged aircraft that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration.