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B-2s arrive for deployment to Western Pacific

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Steven Wilson
  • 36th Operations Group Public Affairs
Four B-2 Spirits from the 393rd Bomb Squadron, deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, M.O., arrived here over the weekend.

According to fact sheets cleared for public release, the B-2 Spirit is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. A dramatic leap forward in technology, the bomber represents a major milestone in the U.S. bomber modernization program.

It brings massive firepower to bear, in a short time, anywhere on the globe through previously impenetrable defenses.

The Spirit's low observability is derived from a combination of reduced infrared, acoustic, electromagnetic, visual and radar signatures. These signatures make it difficult for the sophisticated defensive systems to detect, track and engage the B-2. Many aspects of the low-observability process remain classified; however, the B-2's composite materials, special coatings and flying-wing design all contribute to its "stealthiness."

"I'm extremely pleased the B-2s are here," said Col. Damian McCarthy, 36th Operations Group commander. "These Airmen have truly unique capabilities and the training opportunities available here will translate into increased combat airpower."

The continued bomber presence here is designed to enhance regional security and demonstrate U.S. commitment to the Western Pacific.

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