The death of three American soldiers due to a drone attack in Jordan has already received a response from Biden. This Friday, aircraft were sent by the Air Force of the North American country They bombed more than 85 targets and facilities in Iraq and Syria linked to Iran. According to the Pentagon, the mission began at around 10:00 p.m. Spanish mainland time lasted half an hour, where operations centers, intelligence centers, weapons, drone warehouses, and facilities in logistics facilities could be destroyed.
“Our response begins today,” Biden said in a statement. “It will continue at the time and place we choose. But let everyone who intends to harm us know: if you hurt an American, we will respond.
To carry out this attack, the Department of Defense together with the Air Force of the same country organized a large deployment from US soil. Lt. Gen. Douglas Sims, director of operations for the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the operation used B-1B Lancer bombers sent directly from the United States.
This plane is the “backbone of the long-range bomber force of the United States,” as described by the Air Force itself. “It can rapidly launch large numbers of precision and imprecise weapons against any enemy, anywhere in the world, at any time.”
The first version of the bomber called the B-1A, was developed in the 70s as a replacement for the B-52 bomber., which by then had two decades behind it and is still going strong today. Flight tests began in the middle of that decade with a speed of more than 2,700 km/h, which brought the aircraft into the supersonic category. The project was canceled in 1977 before entering production, although flight testing continued until 1981.
In the same year, President Reagan decided to save the program introducing some improvements that crystallized in the B-1B version, the same that bombed Iraq and Syria. Major changes include increased capacity, improved radar, and reduced cross-section. Its supersonic capacity was also reduced to a maximum of 1,481 km/h (1.2 times the speed of sound).
The first B-1B off the last assembly line started in October 1984 and began serving in the Air Force just two years ago. The first years were marked by the capability to deliver nuclear weapons by aircraft, a capability that the United States eliminated in 1994 for this aircraft.
The plane was First used in combat in Iraq during Operation Desert Fox in 1998. A year later, 6 units of the B-1B were used in Operation Allied Force (Yugoslavia), where it played a fundamental role in the deployment of weapons.
The B-1B is categorized as a long-range, multirole, heavy bomber. It has 4 turbofan engines signed by General Electric with an afterburner that allows it a supersonic maximum speed and almost unlimited autonomy thanks to its in-flight refueling capacity. This explains why these planes left directly from US soil to carry out attacks on Syria and Iraq.
It is 44.5 meters long and 41.8 meters wide with the wings extended and 24.1 meters with them retracted. This ability is key because it allows you to simultaneously fly at low speed to execute attacks as accurately as possible and switch to supersonic mode to leave the location.
As for the weapons, it can deploy all kinds of bombs that fit in its handle. According to the Air Force, it can carry up to 34 tons inside with munitions such as sea mines, cluster bombs, or air-to-surface missiles. Each plane has 4 crew members.