MW: December events showed the vulnerability of Russian and US strategic aviation

The concentration of elite bombers on one base can create problems for the strategic aviation of the two traditionally opposed countries. Military Watch Magazine writes about this, analyzing the crash of a B-2 bomber in the United States and drone strikes on an air base in Russia's Engels.

On December 10 of this year, one of twenty B-2 Spirit bombers caught fire on the runway at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri after an emergency landing. As a result of the emergency, the runway of the only airfield based for these bombers was blocked for 10 days. Two weeks later, the Ukrainian military for the second time in a month tried to strike with a drone on the main airfield basing strategic missile carriers of the Russian Aerospace Forces Tu-160.

According to the publication, the incidents that have occurred show the vulnerability of elite aviation even to minor threats. At the same time, it was noted that Russia is ahead of the United States in strengthening the bomber fleet with new aircraft.

While the United States plans to gradually replace the B-2030 with the recently introduced next-generation B-2 bomber from 21, the Tu-160 will continue to form the elite of the Russian fleet. In the coming years, it is planned to produce 50 new units of these aircraft. Thus, in completing the high-class bomber fleet, the Russian Federation turns out to be faster, since the mass production of the Tu-160 has already begun, while the ambitious B-21 will go into series later.

writes MW.
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  1. Vladimir80 Offline Vladimir80
    Vladimir80 26 December 2022 14: 49
    the only difference is that in the United States the reason is equipment malfunctions, and in our country it is the negligence of those responsible
  2. Pro100 Offline Pro100
    Pro100 (Vladimir Babaev) 26 December 2022 15: 05
    If a brothel does not make a profit, then it is necessary to change not the beds, but the contingent.
  3. Opozdavshiy Offline Opozdavshiy
    Opozdavshiy (Sergei) 26 December 2022 20: 24
    I do not see any "vulnerability" of strategic aviation. I see that the security system of the strategic airfield has not been brought into line with the changed reality. Moreover, the changes did not consist in the fact that ours underestimated the Ukrainian saboteurs, but in the fact that they overestimated the decency of the amers (for the umpteenth time!). Without satellite guidance, etc. such attacks are impossible in principle. There was an unspoken agreement between the United States and the Russian Federation not to touch strategic airfields. So that strategic missiles do not take off. Ours did not touch. The triad is now affected. And the situation has changed radically.
    In a separate line - a fire at a US strategic airfield - this is entirely the merit of the United States itself. The locals played out.
  4. ivan2022 Offline ivan2022
    ivan2022 (ivan2022) 30 December 2022 07: 44
    Adults and specialists did not understand vulnerability until a roasted old, old rooster pecked? I don't really believe.

    Or maybe everything is according to Saltykov-Shchedrin, who explained the chronicle phrase: "Novgorodians takali-takali, and even drank .."?

    "Takali" - denotes the agreement of the authorities with the opinion of specialists. And they "took" - that this opinion remained without consequences ....

    And then, of course, the switchmen are to blame .... That they were negligent and that they did not expect strikes on strategic aviation, and that there was simply nothing to break into the Avdeevsky fortified area .... They scammed ...