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Hitting On The Move – US B-2 Bomber’s Missile Upgrade Big Threat To PLA Warships – Chinese Military Expert
A US Air Force (USAF) B-2 Stealth Bomber test-fired a long-range ‘stealthy’ cruise missile last year, giving the nuclear-capable bomber a new capability. According to Chinese military experts, it could provide the US with an edge against Chinese warships in a direct Sino-US confrontation.

American Defense giant Northrop Grumman released a statement on August 25 that a B-2 bomber test-fired the AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) stealthy cruise missile on December 2021.

The JASSM-ER is a long-range variant of the basic AGM-158 JASSM, which has a range of 370 kilometers. In contrast, the former is said to have three times that range and is intended to be re-targetable mid-flight, meaning it can hit mobile targets far beyond enemy lines.

B-2s Armed With JASSM-ER Could Threaten Chinese Warships
According to a retired People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force equipment specialist, Fu Qianshao, the JASSM-ER has a range of approximately 1000 kilometers and could threaten PLA Navy’s warships.

“The PLA would need to push forward to the western Pacific Ocean to warn off the planes,” Fu told SCMP, describing a scenario in which B-2 bombers arrive from the US Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

The USAF has increasingly deployed its B-2 bombers in the Indo-Pacific in recent years.
This year in March, a USAF B-2 Spirit conducted a mission in the Indo-Pacific with five different fighter aircraft, which included two F-35As, two EA-18 Growlers, and two F/A-18F Super Hornets from the RAAF, two F-16Cs, and a KC-135 tanker from the USAF.

This was followed by the deployment of four B-2s in July at the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) Amberley airbase in Queenslan.

B-2 Bombers More Lethal
B-2 bombers are one of the three legs of the US nuclear triad. Due to their stealth features, like radar-absorbent materials and the engine hidden within the body, these planes can get close to adversaries without getting noticed and launch missiles or drop bombs.

However, the stealthy design does not make the B-2s invincible, as China continues to develop its air defense, particularly with a focus on counter-stealth technologies, which has been covered extensively by EurAsian Times in its previous reports.

Therefore, adding long-range cruise missiles such as the JASSM-ER can enable the B-2 to strike targets from a range where air defenses cannot detect or intercept the bomber, making it even more lethal.

Furthermore, as stated earlier, the JASSM-ER also has a stealthy design which means even the missile would be difficult to intercept by the enemy air defenses.

Last year, while serving as commander of the USAF’s Global Strike Command, General Timothy Ray told the US Senate that AGM-158B missiles were critical to ensuring that nuclear bombers could fight wars.

Abhijit Iyer Mitra, a senior fellow at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies and a military expert who spoke to EurAsian Times, explained that being a stealthy missile, the JASSM-ER, though relatively slower, will remain concealed from the enemy radars throughout its flight path.