Converting bomber strategic bombers into strategic cruise missile carriers will not increase the number of missiles that the bomber can carry.GarryB wrote:Well the idea is bloody stupid... it would make more sense to adapt your strategic bombers into strategic cruise missile carriers... like the Soviets did in the 1980s, and keep your transport planes for transporting stuff which is what they were designed for.
The Soviets found that out too.
B-52 will deliver a PGM like JASSM-ER from stand off range, C-17 will do the same.GarryB wrote: C-17... an enormously expensive transport plane and use it to carry stand off missiles their B-52s could already carry much more efficiently and cheaply to make it all nice and expensive while pretending to save money.
What is the availability rate of a Tu-160 after just one mission? It takes hours to refill a TU-160 with fuel and weapons, check for air worthiness before it can be sent back to the theatre again. Practically they can fly at best one mission a day.
OTOH, if there are transport aircraft available that can carry palletized munition like the JASSM they can be airborne immediately and deliver the munition into the theatre from stand off range.
So instead of waiting for 4-5 TU 160s to get airborne after 24 hours, in the interim transport aircraft can easily play the role of a strategic cruise missile carrier.
EW suite of the C-17 can be upgraded, always.GarryB wrote:a C-17 doesn't have the electronic self defence avionics that a B-52 does...