06 Feb '18, 5pm

Air Force Sets Another B-52 Smart Bomb Record in Afghanistan

Air Force Sets Another B-52 Smart Bomb Record in Afghanistan

The B-52 Stratofortress this week set another record for the number of smart bombs dropped from the iconic bomber, officials said Tuesday. Over the past 96 hours in Afghanistan, the aircraft played a leading role against the Taliban, striking the militant group's training facilities in Badakhshan province with 24 smart bombs, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan said in a release. That's up from a previous record set in November of 19 precision-guided munitions. "During these strikes, a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress dropped 24 precision-guided munitions on Taliban fighting positions, setting a record of the most guided munitions ever dropped from a B-52," Tuesday's release said. The strikes prevented "the planning and rehearsal of terrorist acts near the border with China and Tajikistan," it said. The B-52 is capable of carrying 70,000 pounds of munitions, which range in weight fr...

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