New B-52 variant coming

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Unread post12 Aug 2022, 03:35

B-52 Will Get at Least One New Designation With Radar, Engine Upgrades
By John A. Tirpak

The B-52H will be redesignated the B-52J or possibly B-52K when it gets a new radar and new engines, but the Air Force hasn’t yet decided what will constitute the new B-52 variant, according to Col. Louis Ruscetta, senior materiel leader for the program. The program has also developed a new estimate of what the re-engining will cost and is about to submit it to Congress, but Ruscetta said reports of a 50 percent overrun are far overstated. In fact, he said he sees no overruns on the horizon.
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Unread post12 Aug 2022, 12:10

K=kick apples
J=Japanese variant?
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Unread post12 Aug 2022, 18:47

Two programs running concurrently? or sequentially?
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Unread post12 Aug 2022, 20:47

madrat wrote:K=kick apples
J=Japanese variant?


K is traditionally the UK version, which won't happen here. Why isn't it version I? Got skipped?
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Unread post12 Aug 2022, 21:06

noth wrote:
madrat wrote:K=kick apples
J=Japanese variant?


K is traditionally the UK version, which won't happen here. Why isn't it version I? Got skipped?


I and O normally won't be used to avoid confusion with the numbers 1 and 0.
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Unread post13 Aug 2022, 06:05

noth wrote:
madrat wrote:K=kick apples
J=Japanese variant?


K is traditionally the UK version, which won't happen here. Why isn't it version I? Got skipped?


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Unread post13 Aug 2022, 14:22

They should stick to M forthe upgrade.

B-52M sounds good.
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Unread post26 Sep 2022, 18:45

New Rolls Royce engines and APG-79 AESA radar.

https://theaviationist.com/2022/09/25/b ... lles-test/

It is f***king nuts that the Buff is going to outlast the Bone and the B-2. I would guess that if the Bone was nuclear capable it would be in service longer.
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Unread post26 Sep 2022, 21:59

charlielima223 wrote:It is f***king nuts that the Buff is going to outlast the Bone and the B-2. I would guess that if the Bone was nuclear capable it would be in service longer.


The B-1s were built to fly a limited number of hours, like the F-117. Never drop non-nuclear weapons! You need to go back and review the politics of the B-1. I remember during post GW1 and member of congress berating a USAF General. The B-1s were a waste of money as they were not used. The General read back the congressional record of the same member; claiming performing conventional weapons certification was a waste of time and money. Since the aircraft would just sit on nuclear alert and never use non nuclear weapons The B-1s never got convectional weapons certification until the 1990s.

The B-52 like the KC-135 were way over built, by modern standards. When I was at Tinker a Boeing engineer did a 707 verse 757 presentation on how things have changed. The 757-200F could carry 15 pallets verse 707-300F 13, the 707 was 33,000 heavier then the 757, OEW. Almost all was structures. That is the "secrete" to the longevity of the 52s and 135s.
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Unread post28 Sep 2022, 08:55

What the engines look like................

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/t ... ce-engines
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Unread post30 Sep 2022, 21:33

Salute!

Hell, I was hoping on a "Old Dog" machine.

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Unread post30 Sep 2022, 22:18

Gums wrote:Salute!

Hell, I was hoping on a "Old Dog" machine.

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Still possible, interesting that the Nav is going away.
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