Russiɑn & China shocked – More than 50 US B-1B, B-52 Carry AGM-158C LRASM fly to Indo-Pacific

Experts suggest that more than 50 US bσмbers armed with the new and stealthy AGM-158C LRASM – One B-1 can carry 24 LRASMs, and one B-52 can carry 20 – can threaten the Chinese warships in the Western Pacific.

The US Air Force (USAF) has released some mesmerizing images of the four B-1B Lancers stationed at the highly strategic Anderson Air Force Base on Guam Island which is a treat for the eyes of aviation enthusiasts across the globe.

B-1B

The EurAsian Times reported that the four B-1B Lancers arrived on Guam Island on June 4. So far, they have participated in the large-scale Valiant Shield exercise, plus the Exercise Diamond Storm 22 with the Australian Air Force.

The four B-1Bs can be seen in action in some breath-taking photos released by the USAF of their stint in the Pacific region amid rising tensions with China and fears of the much-anticipated nuclear test by North Korea.

These awe-inspiring images are dramatically the USAF’s efforts at visually documenting the current B-1 bσмber Task Force (BTF) deployment.

B-52

The US no longer maintains ‘Continous bσмber Presence’ in Guam as it used to until 2020, following which bσмber presence deployments to the Indo-Pacific have been sporadic with the USAF’s B-1, B-52, and B-2 bσмber force conducting long-range patrols to Russiα’s eastern borders and the South China Sea, mainly from the continental US

Latest B-1B Lancers’ Pacific Deployment

So far, the B-1Bs are known to have been working with allies in the region and also took part in the ninth iteration of the Valiant Shield (VS) exercises, a series of large multi-domain wargames involving the US army, navy, marines, and airforce.

AGM-158C

The exercises began on June 6 and lasted until June 17, concluding with the sinking exercise (SINKEX) on a decommissioned frigate, the ex-USS Vandegrift (FFG 48), which was fired upon with a range of munitions by various platforms.

These included the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Benfold (DDG 65), USS Key West (SSN 722), and the F-18s & F-35Bs from the Marine Fighter Attαck Squadrons (VMFA-533 and VMFA-121), along with the B-1B Lancers.

The munitions fired by the B-1Bs remain undisclosed, but reports suggest it could have been the AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) or other precision ordnance.

Russian & China shocked – More than 50 US B-1B, B-52 Carry AGM-158C LRASM fly to Indo-Pacific

About Victoria Derbyshire

Victoria Derbyshire is senior Pentagon reporter for Probashir Konthosor, covering the intersection of national security policy, politics and the defense industry.

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