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AGM-86B ALCM Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1982 Total Production: 1,739 Unitary Cost: USD$1,000,000 Also Known As:Air Launched Cruise Missile Origin:United States of America Corporations: Boeing
Parent System:AGM-86 Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1982 Total Production: 1,739 Total Cost: USD$1.7 billion Family Members:AGM-86C CALCM and AGM-86D CALCM
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Description: The AGM-86 is an air launched subsonic cruise missile developed to increase effectiveness of B-52 bombers during the Cold War. It entered active service in the US Air Force in 1982 and 1,739 AGM-86s were produced through September 1986. The conventional AGM-86 missile was used in combat for the first time in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Afterward it was tested in Operation Desert Fox, Desert Strike, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The AGM-86 is the longest range conventional armed missile in the US Air Force inventory and provides the B-52 with the capability to accurately strike nearly any target in the world, without the support of bases located outside the continental United States.
The AGM-86B ALCM (Air Launched Conventional Missile) is armed with a nuclear warhead and can be carried and launched internally and externally from the B-52H bomber. Its long range allows the B-52H to operate out of the enemy air defenses while AGM-86B's cruise flight profile makes itself survivable against the air defenses. The navigation system consists of a terrain-correlation system which provides location updates in flight. The US Air Force plans to convert part of existing nuclear-armed AGM-86Bs to conventionally-armed AGM-86C/D configurations.