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JULY 2020

U.S. Air Force Admits It Practiced Strikes On Russian Sea And Littoral Targets In B1-B Lancer Flights

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U.S. Air Force Admits It Practiced Strikes On Russian Sea And Littoral Targets In B1-B Lancer Flights

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On June 1st, the US Air Force confirmed that its two B-1B Lancers bombers were training their Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) near Russia’s borders on May 29th.

Earlier on the same day, the chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoy issued a statement saying that the US was carrying out a training mission that was clearly anti-Russian and aimed to test capability to carry out strikes on Russian targets.

This was confirmed when the US Air Force released its statement saying that the B-1B Lancer bombers were training their LRASM capabilities.

The LRASM is a next generation weapon designed to detect and destroy specific targets within groups of surface warships in electronic warfare environments.

“LRASM plays a critical role in ensuring U.S. naval access to operate in both open-ocean and littoral environments due to its enhanced ability to discriminate between targets from long range,” said Lt. Col. Timothy Albrecht, 603rd Air Operations Center, Bomber Task Force planner. “With the increase of maritime threats and their improvement of anti-access/area denial environmental weapons, this stealthy anti-ship cruise missile provides reduced risk to strike assets by penetrating and defeating sophisticated enemy air-defense systems.”

Albrecht also highlighted the fact that through training scenarios during Bomber Task Force Missions, B-1 aircrews are able to train to new emerging threats.

Training for those threats is adequately preparing them to be ready to answer National Defense Strategy objectives.

It is no secret that presumed and largely hypothetical “Russian aggression” is the threat in question.

 “The rise of near-peer competitors and increased tensions between NATO and our adversaries has brought anti-ship capability back to the forefront of the anti-surface warfare mission for bomber crews,” said Albrecht.

Of course, in addition to provide training to pilots with this new system, it also acts as a deterrent to any adversaries.

According to Albrecht, this training adds deterrent value not only to the US, but also the other NATO states and partners.

In his view, in the future adversaries will not only have to worry about missile threats from surface ships, but land-based bombers as well.

These capabilities should weigh heavily on any potential adversaries mind and they should account for them in their decision calculus.

Bombers equipped with LRASM should give adversaries pause and deter aggressive actions by would-be adversaries who seek to do harm to the U.S. and its allies and partners.

This all comes alongside sharply increased NATO activity along Russia’s borders, as Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoy outlined.

He said that  in April of this year, a flight of B-1B strategic bomber aircraft was carried out along the Kamchatka peninsula, and in May five such flights were recorded: on May 6-over the territory of Estonia and the Baltic sea, on May 11 – over the territory of Lithuania and the Baltic sea, on May 20 — over the territories of Sweden and Norway, on May 22 — another flight near the Kamchatka peninsula, on May 29 — over the territory of Ukraine and the Black sea.

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  • Lone Ranger

    U.S. tried and failed…
    As usual.

    • occupybacon

      Like they fail every day to defend Odessa from Colorado thugs.

  • qveenz

    So, this is war… Good, very good…

    • JIMI JAMES

      fk0ff ye drag!

  • <>

    Love the picture.

  • Anthony Papagallo

    Bless the Americans heart, still rehearsing for a re-run of The Battle of Peleliu and Tarawa. While Russia prepares for the hypersonic missile wars of the future.
    The Americans are almost charming in their naivety.

  • John

    Why did US command even comment on this? They planned it, they did it. They were caught in the act, nothing stealthy about that. The DoD has to stop, I mean stop yesterday, saying stupid stuff about what it does.

    What the US announcement did, is confirm the Russian MoD was telling the truth, again ( and this is why I began to listen to the MoD for information and not the DoD, a long time ago )…… and confirms that US command has no clue as to what it is doing. You don’t practice what you intend to do, in the area you intend to do it. You pic a spot far away where nobody is paying much attention and go do your thing.

    C’mon. Have you guys in the Pentagon lost your minds? This is not practicing for war. This was a PR exercise, pure fluff, that was rewarded with a photo scene with Russian aircraft riding up their butt. Can it get any more stupid? Probably. My take folks.

    • I think you are referring to what is known as “willy-waving” in popular culture ..

      Otherwise,

      “This all comes alongside sharply increased NATO activity along Russia’s borders, as Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoy outlined.

      He said that in April of this year, a flight of B-1B strategic bomber aircraft was carried out along the Kamchatka peninsula, and in May five such flights were recorded: on May 6-over the territory of Estonia and the Baltic sea, on May 11 – over the territory of Lithuania and the Baltic sea, on May 20 — over the territories of Sweden and Norway, on May 22 — another flight near the Kamchatka peninsula, on May 29 — over the territory of Ukraine and the Black sea.”

      Russia is obviously taking notice of the NATO not remotely amusing “willy-waving” operations.

      NATO is clearly led by d heads these days.

      Marvellous, isn’t it ..

  • Assad must stay

    well that oughta improve relations alot, LOL, russia is gonna beef up security up the ass now and possibly prepare for first strike in the arctic, who knows

  • Tommy Jensen

    We have legal rights to make military drills in International waterways with attempted strikes against Russian targets as close as possible to Russia, and nobody can do a shit about it.

    • JIMI JAMES

      EXCEPT RUSSIA ALLREADY EMP YE SORRY LAME KWEER ASSES TO ALL HOURS OF SUNRISE,YOU ARE SIMPLY PATHEDIC TROLL WITH A RTPICAL ASSFLOGGED PERSPECTIVE,LIKE AS IF THE HUNDREDS OF NUKE MISSIONS RUSSIA DID NEVER HAPPENED? YOU KWEERS WERE SIMPLY TOO DUMFKD TO REALISE IT,FRGN drr!

  • verner

    the idiots in the white house must see russia’s south as the soft underbelly and concentrate it’s resources there. one reason is naturally that the idiots can’t expect the same kind of cooperation in the baltics except from the tidbits estonia, latvia and lithuania and the more than inept poles and whoever in his right mind would trust the poles with anything, not even the disjointed states of exceptional morons.

  • Tommy Jensen

    All our Allies in Europe said that they were feeling more safe when US in a show of force of its exceptional strength, were making defensive multi-purpose military bombing drills and surveillance operations on targets inside Russia in International waterways near Russian borders.

    Our Allies feelings of security by defense for peace, are of utmost importance to the United States no matter what Russia says!