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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 military experts, it could provide the US with an edge against Chinese warships in a direct confrontation.

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.

“The JASSM-ER further enhances the B-2’s ability to hit any target, anywhere. The integration of JASSM-ER enables the delivery of a low observable asset capable of traveling greater distances than its predecessor.” Northrop said in the statement.

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 wαrn 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. In 2020, three bombers arrived at Diego Garcia island in the Indian Ocean to support “US security commitments in the Indo-Pacific region.”

This was followed by the deployment of four B-2s in July at the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) Amberley airbase in Queensland to support a Pacific Air Forces Bomber Task Force. This was the first time the B-2s were deployed to Australia as part of the Bomber Task Force (BTF).

That deployment lasted until the end of August, during which the B-2s took part in various joint training exercises with the Australian Defense Forces as part of the Enhanced Air Cooperation Initiative under the Force Posture Agreement between the US and Australia.

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.

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.