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|Boeing B-52 Stratofortress|
The Stratofortress has had long career with the US Air Force. They have seen many theaters of conflict over the skies of Southeast and Southwest Asia. Although the aircraft were manufactured between the years of 1955 and 1962 they are expected to remain in service into the middle of the 21st century.
The Stratofortress provides theatre commanders with long range strategic and conventional strike capabilities. In conventional roles the B-52 can perform air interdiction, offensive counter-air, and maritime operations. The B-52 has experienced many upgrades and alterations to keep it battle worthy and survivable well into the twenty-first century. The B-52 carries a crew of five: aircraft commander, pilot, electronic warfare officer, radar navigator (responsible for weapons delivery), and navigator.
Land Based, Long Range Bomber
Boeing Military Aircraft Company
5; Aircraft Commander, Pilot, Electronic Warfare Officer, Radar Navigator, and Navigator.
MDC BY LOCATION:
(1) Engine Pods (4) 100 each
(2) Main Body 450
(3) Cockpit Section 50
Wings (2) 100 each
Tail Section 75
- (1) Destruction of an engine pod will slow the aircraft by 25%
- (2) Destruction of main body will shut the unit down completely
- (3) Destruction of Cockpit Section will kill the Aircraft Commander, Pilot, and EW Officer. Requires a called shot with a -4 to hit penalty
- FLYING, FIGHTER CONFIGURATION:
- Mach 0.86 (650 mph) max speed with a max altitude of 15,150 m
- MAX ENGINE THRUST:
- 7,650 kg x8 from engines
- 40.75 ft (12.4 m)
- 185 ft (56.4 m)
- 159.25 ft (48.5 m)
- Empty: 185,000 lbs
- Max: 488,000 lbs
- 8,800 miles
- Small compartment behind pilot's seat for personal belongings.
- POWER PLANT:
- Eight Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3/103 Turbofan engines
The bomber is capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of weapons - 51 smaller munitions or 30 larger munitions.
Refer to Missile FCS 00 for details.
Number and Rate Of Fire (ROF) per bomb bay:
- AGM-69 Short Range Attack Missile: 12 missiles (mounted externally), ROF: up to 4
- AGM-86B Air Launched Cruise Missile: 20 missiles, ROF: up to 4
- AGM-129 Air Launched Cruise Missile: 12 missiles (mounted externally), ROF: up to 3
- B-53 Gravity Bomb: 2 bombs (mounted internally), ROF: up to 2
- B-61 Mod 11 Gravity Bomb: 8 bombs (mounted internally), ROF: up to 4
- B-83 Gravity Bomb: 8 bombs (mounted internally), ROF: up to 2
- CBU-52/B Cluster Bomb: 45 bombs (27 internal, 18 external), ROF: up to 5
- CBU-58/B Cluster Bomb: 45 bombs (27 internal, 18 external), ROF: up to 5
- CBU-71/B Combined Effect Munitions: 45 bombs (27 internal, 18 external), ROF: up to 5
- CBU-87/B Combined Effect Munitions: 40 bombs, ROF: up to 6
- CBU-89/B Gator: 42, ROF: up to 6
- Mk 20 Rockeye: 18 bombs (external), ROF: up to 5
- Mk 36/Mk 62 Destructor Mine: 51 mines, ROF: up to 5
- Mk 41/Mk 64/Mk 65 Destructor Mine: 8 mines, ROF: up to 2
- Mk 52 Mine: 12 mines, ROF: up to 3
- Mk 55 Mine: 8 mines, ROF: up to 2
- Mk 56 Mine: 20 mines, ROF: up to 2
- Mk 60 Mine: 8 mines, ROF: up to 2
- Mk 82 General Purpose Bomb: 51 bombs, ROF: up to 5
- Mk 84 General Purpose Bomb: 18 bombs, ROF: up to 6
- GBU-29/GBU-30/GBU-31/GBU-32 JDAM: 6 bombs, ROF: up to 6
- Wind Corrected Munition Dispenser WCMD: 30 bombs (16 mounted externally), ROF: up to 6
- AGM-84 Harpoon: 8 missiles, ROF: up to 8
- AGM-86C Coventional Air Launched Cruise Missile: 20 missiles, ROF: up to 5
- AGM-142 Raptor: 8 missiles (3 mounted externally), ROF: up to 2
- AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon 18 bombs (12 mounted externally), ROF: up to 6
- AGM-158 Joint Air to Suface Standoff Missile 12 bombs, ROF: up to 3
STANDARD EQUIPMENT FOR THE B-52 STRATOFORTRESS:
- AUTOPILOT: The B-52H is equipped with the MA-2 Autopilot. While it can maintain a mission course at least one pilot is required to remain alert while the other may relax or even sleep.
- EJECTION SEATS: The six ejector seats are a Weber design mounted on a M-3 Catapult.
- COUNTER-MEASURES: The B-52H mounts many active countermeasure units, jammers, infra-red and chaff dispensers, and a false target generator.
- IN-FLIGHT REFUEL: The B-52 is capable of in-flight refueling expanding its range only to crew endurance.
- RADIO COMMUNICATIONS: Long Range communication is provided by the AN/ARC-210 and AN/ARC-310. Range: 600 miles or can be boosted indefinitely by satellite relay.
COMBAT BONUSES FOR B-52 STRATOFORTRESS TRAINING:
BASIC FIGHTER COMBAT TRAINING
Basic training for non-pilot military personnel.
1 attack per melee
One additional attack at levels 3, 9, 15
+1 to strike
Critical strike same as pilot's hand to hand
ADVANCED B-52 STRATOFORTRESS COMBAT TRAINING
Advanced training for military pilots.
2 attacks per melee (plus those of pilot)
One additional attack at levels 3, 6, 11, 15
+2 to strike
+2 to dodge
+1 to roll with a punch or fall with impact, reducing damage by half
Critical strike same as pilots hand to hand
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