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Improved CRL capability for B-52 tested

20th February 2019 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Air Force (USAF) tested an upgrade to the B-52 Stratofortress and the Conventional Rotary Launcher (CRL) on 11 February.

The CRL is a weapons system designed for the B-52 and can carry a variety of munitions. However, it is limited to supplying power to only four munitions at a time.

During the test, the USAF team loaded eight AGM-158 joint air-to-surface standoff missiles (JASSM) on the CRL to see if the weapons platform could provide power to eight JASSM’s at once. The change is designed to increase mission flexibility and make the B-52 more lethal in a combat environment.

The improved efficiency has the potential to lower risk in combat environments, increase the number of weapons in theatre of operations and lower the number of aircraft needed for missions.

Once testing is complete, the rest other CRL’s in the air force inventory will be modified to the specifications of the test launcher.

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