The United States has upped the ante of a brewing nuclear war sparked by the North Korea hydrogen bomb testing. The Pentagon deployed its nuclear-capable bomber to display its staunch military support for South Korea.
The U.S. answered North Korea’s recent nuclear test with a nuclear capability of its own: The B-52 bomber. This is said to be a long-range strategic bomber that can fly at high speeds and arm a nuclear artillery.
The B-52H Stratofortress has been in service with the U.S. military for more than 40 years. Its first model was flown back in 1954. During Operation Desert Storm and Operation Allied Force, these B-52H’s were used to strike fixed installations, bunkers and wide-area troop concentrations. In 1996, it also took out Baghdad power stations and communications facilities during Operation Desert Strike. And in 2001, it also provided close-air support to troops in the ground during Operation Enduring Freedom. Moreover, in March 2003, the B52-H was also deployed on a night mission for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
B-52 maker Boeing Military Airplane Co. has hailed this H model as the “most capable bomber in the U.S. inventory.” It provides the U.S. military with nuclear and conventional global strike capability while also boasting a high mission-capable rate, long range and the ability to employ standoff weapons accurately. It has a payload of 70,000 pounds or 31,500 kilograms and can carry a mix of bombs, mines and missiles. Moreover, this bomber can also fly at a speed of 650 miles per hour. It is normally flown by a crew of five.
The recent flyover of the B-52H bomber over Osan, South Korea is being referred to as a “demonstration of ironclad U.S. commitment” to the country’s allies in South Korea and Japan. These bombers are actually being updated with Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods to improve the B-52’s long-range target detection or identification during night, day and under-the-weather conditions. Following the flyover, the B52-H had returned to Guam.
As previously reported by Morning News USA, experts were one in saying that the purported hydrogen bomb testing by North Korea could trigger a nuclear war. It brought tensions between South Korea, a strong U.S. ally, and North Korea into a boiling point.