Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is an American long-range bomber that has been in service with the United States Army since 1952. From then on it became an icon of the strength of the United States Army. The love of the United States for these planes can be confirmed by the fact that already in 1963 they had approx. 650 machines from the B-52 series. They were used extensively during the Vietnam War, where they flew a total of 126,000 sorties and dropped 2.63 million tons of bombs. The presence of Boeing B-52s was also noted during the The First Gulf War.
More and more efficient anti-aircraft systemsdoubted the effectiveness of the B-52. Time has also left its mark on them, after all, many copies are already close to 60 years old and are waiting for renovation. Therefore, a tender was announced, the winner of which turned out to be Rolls-Royceknown mainly for the production of premium cars.
Representatives Rolls-Royce they had to renew the plane in such a way that it can work until at least 2050. It has been almost a hundred years since the first Boeing B-52. Experts predict that the life of the current TF33 engines will end before the end of this decade.
United States Air Force announced that Rolls-Royce will receive $2.6 billion to implement a program to develop alternative engines. Experts explain that it will be possible to carry out repairs thanks to modern design techniques. The first modified units will be put into service in early 2028.