B-52 Sets Record For Most Precision Guided Bombs Dropped On Mission
In the above historic video, you can see a U.S. B-52 Stratofortress conducts a strike on a Taliban training camp in Badakhshan province on February 4, 2018. During that strike, B-52 Sets Record For Most Precision Guided Bombs Dropped On Mission by dropping 24 precision-guided munitions
The previous record was only set back in November 2017, when a B-52 dropped 19 JDAMs during a single mission.
The strikes took out three defensive fighting positions around the camp, degrading the Taliban’s ability to conduct training and operations. The strikes also destroyed stolen Afghan National Army vehicles that were in the process of being converted to vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices.”
The rate of airstrikes against Taliban and other insurgent targets in Afghanistan has tripled since Trump took office. The US dropped 4,361 munitions in 2017, compared with 1,337 in 2016.
“Afghanistan has become main effort, thanks to the recent successes in Iraq and Syria,” Air Force Maj. Gen. James B. Hecker, commander of NATO Air Command Afghanistan said. “This has allowed Centcom to shift more assets our way, which will significantly improve our ability to assist the Afghans.”
The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber. The bomber is capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of weapons, and has a typical combat range of more than 8,800 miles (14,080 km) without aerial refueling