B-52’s new conventional rotary launcher has seen combat

Military.com reported that the B-52 used its conventional rotary launcher in combat on Nov. 18. This mission was in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (Iraq).

A U.S. B-52 Bomber sits on a flightline with munitions loaded on a newly installed conventional rotary launcher in its bomb bay, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Nov. 17, 2017. The CRL will allow the B-52 to carry more smart bombs . The CRL upgrade was used in support of a new offensive campaign in Afghanistan Nov. 19, 2017. Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and United States Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) launched a series of ongoing attacks to hit the Taliban where they are most vulnerable: their revenue streams. Together, Afghan and U.S. forces conducted combined operations to strike drug labs and command-and-control nodes in northern Helmand province. These types of strikes represent the highest level of trust and cooperation between ANDSF and USFOR-A. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

A U.S. B-52 Bomber sits on a flightline with munitions loaded on a newly installed conventional rotary launcher in its bomb bay, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Nov. 17, 2017. The CRL will allow the B-52 to carry more smart bombs . The CRL upgrade was used in support of a new offensive campaign in Afghanistan Nov. 19, 2017. Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and United States Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) launched a series of ongoing attacks to hit the Taliban where they are most vulnerable: their revenue streams. Together, Afghan and U.S. forces conducted combined operations to strike drug labs and command-and-control nodes in northern Helmand province. These types of strikes represent the highest level of trust and cooperation between ANDSF and USFOR-A. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson)


During another mission over Afghanistan, a B-52 set the record for the largest number of precision munitions employed.

  1. Ian Corrigible says:

    Amusing to see the sticker in the B-52H’s bomb bay referring to ‘AGM-69A dust cap and plug storage,’ almost 25 years after the SRAM’s retirement. I’m sure there’s another sticker relating to the Quail in there somewhere.

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