Bomber B-2 Attacks Islamic State
Bomber B-2 Attacks Islamic State in Libya. Two US Air Force B-2 Spirit bombers killed at least 80 fighters across Libya on January 19, marking the first stealth aircraft combat mission since 2011.
Together with the interim Libyan government, the bombers destroyed two Islamic state camps 45 kilometers southwest of Sirte, according to the air force. The two bombers launched more than 100 Boeing GBU-38 Joint Attack Munitions and USAF MQ-9 Reapers used Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire missiles after the initial strike, according to a spokesman for the service. Each B-2 has the capacity to carry JDAM of 80 226kg (500lb) or an equivalent payload of 18,100 kg.
Northrop Grumman B-2’s ability to stay in an area for long periods of time, transporting massive artillery and multiple attacks at once made the aircraft ideal for the Libyan mission, says USAF.
Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
Spirit of Pennsylvania and Spirit of Georgia took off from Whiteman Air Base, Missouri, for a 34-hour round-trip mission. Fifteen air refueling aircraft escorted the bombers during a US-Libyan air shuttle, with multiple refills throughout the mission, according to a spokesman for the USAF.
The USAF has 20 B-2s in its fleet and the recent ISIL strike marks the fifth combat operation of the aircraft. The B-2 flew its last combat mission in March 2011, when three bombers hit the Libyan Air Force as part of a multilateral non-stop zone application on Libya. During the regime of Muammar Qaddafi, the bomber dropped 45 JDCM of GB-31 from 920 kg in hardened aircraft shelters, destroying airplanes inside.