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B-1 Bombers to Australia
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David E. Powell
2016-03-09 04:38:43 UTC
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B-1s from the US Air Force, to be precise.

Here's hoping the Aussies acquire a few of their own, too, someday. That plane is a good fit for Australia, in the vein of their now-retired FB-111s. A good plane for a continent-nation with a lot of water to survey and defend.
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B-1s from the US Air Force, to be precise.
Here's hoping the Aussies acquire a few of their own, too, someday. That plane is a good fit for Australia, in the vein of their now-retired FB-111s. A good plane for a continent-nation with a lot of water to survey and defend.
Bumping this one up, could be a good aircraft for Australia.

Not just range and surveillance, but the ability to carry a lot of standoff weapons. Imagine them with hordes of Antiship missiles. Think "Battle of the Bismarck Sea" scenarios with a modern opponent threatening Australia from the sea.
Scott Kozel
2019-09-29 11:41:19 UTC
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B-1s from the US Air Force, to be precise.
Here's hoping the Aussies acquire a few of their own, too, someday. That plane is a good fit for Australia, in the vein of their now-retired FB-111s. A good plane for a continent-nation with a lot of water to survey and defend.
Bumping this one up, could be a good aircraft for Australia.
Not just range and surveillance, but the ability to carry a lot of standoff weapons. Imagine them with hordes of Antiship missiles. Think "Battle of the Bismarck Sea" scenarios with a modern opponent threatening Australia from the sea.
Would they have the necessary technology base to maintain and operate the B-1?
Dean Markley
2019-09-30 11:26:30 UTC
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B-1s from the US Air Force, to be precise.
Here's hoping the Aussies acquire a few of their own, too, someday. That plane is a good fit for Australia, in the vein of their now-retired FB-111s. A good plane for a continent-nation with a lot of water to survey and defend.
Bumping this one up, could be a good aircraft for Australia.
Not just range and surveillance, but the ability to carry a lot of standoff weapons. Imagine them with hordes of Antiship missiles. Think "Battle of the Bismarck Sea" scenarios with a modern opponent threatening Australia from the sea.
Would they have the necessary technology base to maintain and operate the B-1?
Almost certainly not. The B-1s have been worn down in the constant use over Afghanistan and the Middle East. The USAF cannot keep them up and running, how would the Australians? The B-1 is almost at the end of it's service life.
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