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B-52H Stratofortress  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1961
Total Production: 102
Unitary Cost: USD$74 million
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Boeing
Parent System: B-52 Stratofortress
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): April 1952
Total Production: 744
Total Cost: USD$55 billion
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Description: The B-52H Stratofortress is a long range, high subsonic, heavyweight bomber designed to carry nuclear and conventional precision weaponry. It can assume a nuclear deterrent role as well as a tactical conventional role. The tactical role is very appreciated due to the extremely high weapons capacity of the B-52 bomber.

The B-52 was first used in the Vietnam war and subsequently over Iraq, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and recently over Iraq during operation Iraqi Freedom. The US Air Force plans to upgrade continuously the B-52 bomber in order to deliver the latest weaponry and remain in active service until 2045 or later.

The B-52A first flew in 1954, and the B model entered service in 1955. A total of 744 B-54s were built for the US Air Force and the last one, a B-52H, was delivered in October 1962. The first of 102 B-52H bombers was delivered to Strategic Air Command in May 1961 during the Cold War. The B-52H fleet is expected to remain in service with the US Air Force until at least 2040.

Lockheed-Martin was awarded a $30 million contract in June 2004 to increase the performance and memory of B-52H's mission computer. The improved mission computer, now called the Avionics Control Unit, will enable the B-52H to deploy new precision weapons and integrate future capabilities as well as supporting the reliability and sustainability of the aircraft until 2040.

The first installation of the improved mission computer on a B-52H is scheduled for late 2005, with all installations due to be completed by 2009. The Avionics Control Unit will replace the current AP-101C mission computer. As of November 2004, Boeing was actively pursuing to provide interoperability, which means share data and voice communications via mobile wireless networks, for network-centric operations to the B-52H fleet.

Under the US Air Force's Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) system of systems initiative the B-52 was set to receive the StandOff Jammer (SOJ) capability. SOJ program would add jamming to the B-52's current decoys and strike capabilities. The pre-System Development and Demonstration (SDD) contract decision was anticipated before the end of 2005 with the B-52 aircraft deploying full SOJ capability by 2012.

B-52H Stratofortress Specifications

Crew: 5
Number of Engines: 8
Area
Radar Cross Section (RCS): 405 square meter (4,050,000 square cm)
Dimensions
Height: 12.4 meter (41 foot)
Length: 49 meter (159 foot)
Wingspan: 56 meter (185 foot)
Performance
Ceiling: 15,250 meter (50,033 foot)
Max Range: 14,160 kilometer (7,646 nautical mile)
Speed
Top Speed at High Altitude: 0.84 mach (1,004 kph)
Weight
Empty Weight: 83,250 kilogram (183,532 pound)
Fuel Load: 141,610 kilogram (312,191 pound)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 136,000 pound (61,690 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 219,600 kilogram (484,127 pound)
Payload: 31,500 kilogram (69,444 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

B-52H Stratofortress News

There are 67 news between
15 Apr 2003 and 8 Mar 2017
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017AGM-158A JASSM Cruise Missile Demonstrated in GPS-Degraded Environments
Tuesday, February 28, 2017US Air Force to Upgrade MALD-J Capabilities
Friday, February 17, 2017China Unveils Some Features of the H-20 Long Range Strike Bomber
Thursday, February 9, 2017US Air Force B-52 Bomber to Receive Self-Defense Laser Anti-Missile Weapons
Wednesday, January 13, 2016US Air Force Takes Delivery of Six Enhanced B-52 Bomber Weapons Bay Launchers
Friday, October 2, 2015US Air Force Entire B-52 Bomber Fleet to Receive CONECT Digital Upgrade
Wednesday, February 4, 2015Boeing Receives Contract to Modernize B-52 with Digital Communications
Thursday, January 15, 2015US Air Force B-52H Bomber to Get New Conventional Rotary Launcher
Monday, May 19, 2014US Air Force Introduces First B-52 Bomber Equipped with CONECT System
Tuesday, April 8, 2014United States of America Announces Strategic Force Structure by 2018

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
United States of America102
YearHoldings
201841
201574B-52H (74) + 2 test aircraft
201474B-52H (74) + 2 test aircraft
201374B-52H (74) + 2 test aircraft
201274B-52H (74) + 2 test aircraft
201185B-52H
May 200976B-52H
Mar 200894B-52H

Grand Total 1021
Defensive Weapons
B61
B83
GBU-31 JDAMx18
GBU-32 JDAMx18
GBU-35 JDAM
GBU-38 JDAM
GBU-39/Bx32
GBU-57/B MOP
WCMDx30
Offensive Weapons
AGM-129 ACMx12
AGM-154A JSOWx18
AGM-154B JSOWx18
AGM-154C JSOWx18
AGM-158A JASSMx12
AGM-158B JASSM-ER
AGM-69A SRAMx20
AGM-84D Harpoonx8
AGM-86B ALCMx20
AGM-86C CALCMx20
AGM-86D CALCMx20
AGM-142 Have Nap IRx8
AGM-142 Have Nap TVx8
Propulsion Systems
TF33x8
Protection Systems
ADM-160C MALD-J
AN/ALQ-122
AN/ALQ-155
AN/ALQ-172
AN/ALR-46
AN/ALR-56
Sensor Systems
LITENING ATx1
LITENING IIx1
Sniper XRx1
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