The Air Force says it’s ready to deploy the Cold War-era B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber to the Middle East as part of the military campaign against Islamic State.
“The venerable B-52, with its similar capacity and accuracy and endurance, remains ready and able to meet combatant commander requirements,” Air Force Secretary Deborah James told reporters on Monday afternoon during a briefing at the Pentagon.
The Boeing Co.-made aircraft’s deployment required carrying out infrastructure improvements in theater that have since been made and awaits final approval, James said. She didn’t detail the type of work or where it was done to prepare the area for the iconic bomber, which can carry nuclear or precision-guided conventional ordnance.
More information would be released “at the appropriate time,” James said.
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