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Photo Essay: The long arm of the superpowers

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Long-range strike aircraft provide nations with potent power projection and deterrence capabilities that are unmatched by other platforms. Defence Connect will take an in-depth look at some of the long distance capabilities boasted by the world’s superpowers.

Following on from our analysis piece in April on the Indo-Pacific's tactical and strategic bombing capabilities, this will serve to put pictures to the names of the discussed platforms.


This includes the following:

United States

  • Boeing B-52H Stratofortress
  • Rockwell/Boeing B-1B Lancer
  • Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit


  • Xian H-6K




  • Tupolev Tu-22M
  • Tupolev Tu-160

Scroll through the photo gallery above for imagery of these aircraft, along with detailed descriptions on their roles and history.

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Photo Essay: The long arm of the superpowers
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