US B-52 Bombers

The United States B-52H Stratofortress bombers recently flew over the Middle East under the “Presence Patrol Mission”.  This made a flight over the region in a show of military strength amid the heightened tensions with Iran. The mission took place a day after the two Iranian ballistic missiles landed in the northern Indian Ocean within 100 miles of a US aircraft carrier strike group.

About B-52 Bombers

  • It is an American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber.
  • The bomber was designed and built by Boeing.
  • It was inducted into the United States Air Force (USAF) in the year 1950s and is operational since then.
  • It can carry the load up to 70,000 pounds or 32,000 kg of weapons.
  • The typical range of the bomber is 8,800 miles or 14,080 km without aerial refueling.
  • It comprises of a straight wing aircraft which is powered by six turboprop engines to the final prototype YB-52. It has eight turbojet engines and swept wings.

Strategic Bomber

It is a medium- to long-range penetration bomber aircraft. It is designed to drop the large amounts of air-to-ground weapons on a distant target. It is dropped with the purpose of debilitating the capacity of enemy to wage war. The strategic bombers are designed to enter into enemy territories so as to destroy strategic targets such as infrastructure, Factories, logistics, military installations and cities. These bombers can also be used for tactical missions. Currently, only three countries namely the United States, Russia and China operates the strategic bombers.

Middle East Region

It is a transcontinental region in Afro-Eurasia. The region generally includes Western Asia, Egypt and Turkey. The “Greater Middle East” also includes the Maghreb, Djibouti, Sudan, Comoros, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan. Most of the Middle Eastern countries are part of the Arab world. Egypt, Iran, and Turkey are the most populous countries in the region.  Saudi Arabia is the largest Middle Eastern country with respect to area.

Written by IAS POINT

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