First B-52H Conventional Rotary Launcher ready for combat

B-52 Conventional Rotary Launchers (CRL) were flown out of Barksdale Air Force Base by a C-5M on Nov. 6 to be used for combat overseas.

Airmen assigned to the 2nd Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation flight load a conventional rotary launcher onto a Halverson K-loader at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 3, 2017. The CRL was later loaded onto a C-5M Supergalaxy for deployment. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

Airmen assigned to the 2nd Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation flight load a conventional rotary launcher onto a Halverson K-loader at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 3, 2017. The CRL was later loaded onto a C-5M Supergalaxy for deployment. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman
1st Class Sydney Campbell)


The CRL allows the bomber to carry smart bombs inside its bomb bay. Increasing the number of weapons carried in combat by eight.

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