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  • The US military has a storied history, and a start  as one of the weakest militaries in the world.  

  • Nothing more than groups of farmers fighting  for the right to dictate their own fate,  

  • the US military was largely a backwater force  that couldn't hope to stand against the world's  

  • superpowers. It was only fate and thousands of  miles of ocean that ensured American independence,  

  • the distance too large for Europe to send more  

  • than token forces to put America  in its place from time to time.

  • After the Civil War however, the US began  to field a military large enough to at last  

  • challenge the world's great powers, and  after proving its worth in two world wars,  

  • the US at last rose to the status of  superpower alongside the Soviet Union.  

  • Today the US stands as the lone superpower, and  while others may challenge its current status,  

  • nobody can challenge the American military and  win, and these weapons are the reasons why.

  • B-52 Bomber

  • There's few things America's enemies  fear more than the B-52 bomber.  

  • Known as the 'flying warehouse' for the  incredible quantity of bombs it can carry,  

  • or more affectionately as the BUF- or Big Ugly  F'er- the B-52 is almost seventy years old today,  

  • and still flying strong for the US military.

  • Originally designed in the years  after WWII, and first flying in 1952,  

  • the B-52 is the longest serving  aircraft in the US military,  

  • and the Air Force, which operates a fleet of 58  active B-52s, with 18 in reserve and 12 more in  

  • long-term storage ready to respond to a global  emergency. Don't let its age fool you though,  

  • the B-52 is still highly relevant even in  today's information age combat environment.

  • Eight turbofan engines power this massive beast,  

  • with a multi-billion dollar overhaul scheduled  to replace the current engines with 20% more  

  • fuel efficient engines. This will significantly  improve the aircraft's incredible range of over  

  • 10,000 miles (16,000 km), and combat radius of  4,480 miles (7,210 km). Its huge bomb bays and  

  • plentiful wing pylon stations allow the plane  to fly with 70,000 lbs (31,500 kg) of bombs,  

  • cruise missiles, and mines. Compare that with  the approximately 8,000 lbs that World War II  

  • bombers used to carry, and each B-52 can carry  as much firepower as a squadron of WWII bombers.

  • Just lugging that much firepower  is impressive enough, but what  

  • makes the B-52 so lethal is the sheer  variety of ordinance that it can carry,  

  • and how far. The B-52 can be equipped  with sea mines which can be air-launched  

  • and deny entire stretches of the ocean to  enemy ships. In 2018, a B-52 demonstrated to  

  • America's enemies the capability to deploy  an entire minefield from 50 miles away,  

  • using Quickstrike-ER sea mines. This was a clear  show of force and a deterrent to the Chinese  

  • military, which has long threatened to invade  Taiwan and reunite it with the mainland by force.

  • With its ability to carry air-launched cruise  missiles, the B-52's effective range is increased  

  • by hundreds of miles, and keeps the big plane  well out of the range of most air defense systems.  

  • During strikes in Syria, B-52s were able to  effectively service targets without ever entering  

  • Syrian air space. With each cruise missile  carrying thousands of pounds of explosives,  

  • a B-52 could threaten large swathes  of territory from a distance.

  • In the nuclear mission, a B-52 can carry up  to twenty air-launched nuclear tipped cruise  

  • missiles, giving a single plane the ability to  wipe out twenty cities from the face of the earth.  

  • If this doesn't make the B-52 a weapon to  fear, then we simply don't know what does.

  • Our next aircraft though is the one bomber  in the US fleet that keeps hostile world  

  • leaders awake at night, knowing they  could be its victim at any moment...

  • B-2 Spirit Bomber

  • There's no single more iconic shape in the  world than that of the American B-2 bomber.  

  • Its revolutionary flying wing design is  so advanced that it wasn't even feasible  

  • until Northrop Grumman, its creatordeveloped specialized flight computers  

  • to help the pilot keep the airplane stable in  flight. With no vertical features whatsoever,  

  • the B-2 is a miracle of engineering, and one  of the stealthiest aircraft in the world.

  • At its conception, the B-2 had one single missionpenetrate into the heart of the Soviet Union and  

  • deliver nuclear payloads to the most well-defended  targets. Using ICBMs would also get the job done,  

  • but the B-2 sent a very clear message  to the Soviets: we can hit you anytime,  

  • anywhere, with any weapon of our choosingand there's nothing you can do to stop it.

  • Today the B-2 is still nuclear-capable, but  is primarily used for high risk conventional  

  • bombing. Despite advancements  in radar and sensing technology,  

  • the B-2's flying wing design and  advanced radar absorbent materials  

  • still make it stealthy enough to penetrate  any air defense network in the world.  

  • With the ability to bring 20 tons of weapons to  bear on any target, anywhere, no other aircraft  

  • in the world gives hostile world leaders the  nighttime Hershey squirts quite like the B-2.

  • All that capability comes at a steep  cost though, with each plane having a  

  • whopping $1 billion price tag. Factor in  additional costs to get a B-2 ready for  

  • modern information age war and you're looking  at a plane with a price tag of $2.1 billion.  

  • That's what made the tragic loss of a B-2 bomber  in 2008 all the more financially devastating  

  • to the US military. These aircraft are so  sophisticated, that when one was severely  

  • damaged in a fire in 2010, it took a whopping  3 years before it was combat-capable again.

  • Any US Air Force official will tell you  however, that the B-2 is well worth the  

  • cost and difficulty in maintenance. It is the  single most survivable air platform in the world,  

  • able to penetrate and survive any air space, and  return the next day to do the job all over again.

  • Amphibious Combat Vehicle

  • In any future conflict odds are that  amphibious landings are going to be  

  • a requirement for major American military  operations. Whether they are in response  

  • to a Chinese invasion of Taiwan and US Marines  are on their way to liberate the island nation,  

  • or to neutralize Iranian coastal facilities infuture conflict, amphibious landings are going to  

  • be how the US kicks the door open for follow-on  forces. The mightiest tanks and best equipped  

  • soldiers in the world after all are all useless if  they can't even get in-country in the first place.

  • Enter the US Marine Corps Amphibious Combat  Vehicle. A replacement of the 40 year old  

  • amphibious assault vehicle, more has changed than  just one word. Modern amphibious landings are  

  • going to be the most dangerous ever undertaken by  any military power thanks to the proliferation of  

  • smart weapons, modern anti-tank weapons, and all  matter of mines. The Amphibious Combat Vehicle  

  • will offer up to three times the survivability of  its predecessor, and with a range of 370 miles,  

  • will be able to push deep into enemy  territory before requiring refueling.

  • For defense the ACV will come equipped withvariety of weapons, including up to a 30mm cannon,  

  • anti-tank missiles, .50 caliber and 7.62  mm machine guns. A suite of cameras will  

  • give their drivers 360 degree awareness, and  thick armor plating makes the ACV as resistant  

  • to mines and IEDs as the MRAP currently in use in  Afghanistan and Iraq. Perhaps nothing the vehicle  

  • is equipped with however is more deadly than  the 13 fully equipped Marines that a single ACV  

  • will be able to deliver amphibiously from  ship-to-shore on any beach in the world.

  • Our next weapon is as powerful as some  nation's entire militaries combined.

  • Ford Class Aircraft Carrier

  • With a displacement of over 100,000 tonsthe Ford Class Aircraft Carrier is the  

  • largest warship to ever cruise the world's  oceans. She's also the deadliest by far,  

  • fully capable of taking on entire enemy fleets  all by her lonesome. This one American ship can  

  • fight entire nations to a standstill, and  the fact that the US is planning on arming  

  • itself with 10 of them over the next two decades  should make America's enemies tremble in fear.

  • These are not just the deadliest ships of war ever  built, they're also some of the most advanced.  

  • Automation technology has slashed the number of  personnel required to man each, down to 2,600 from  

  • around 6,000 on a typical Nimitz carrier. Its  advanced electromagnetic launch system reduces  

  • maintenance required on each airplane, meaning  more aircraft are available to fly more missions.  

  • Two next-generation nuclear reactors not only  provide more than enough power for the entire  

  • ship, but are designed to be fully capable  of powering future additions to the carrier,  

  • such as electromagnetic rail  guns and high energy lasers.

  • The Ford is a carrier built  with the future in mind.

  • To protect itself, each Ford is equipped with  advanced RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles,  

  • capable of taking on both incoming  enemy fighters and anti-ship missiles.  

  • Dual Rolling Airframe missiles provide  point defense against incoming missiles,  

  • and their heat-seeking warheads are capable of  tracking even hypersonic weapons that regular  

  • radar-guided missiles have difficulty trackingAs a last measure, 3 Phalanx CIWS (see-whiz)  

  • gun emplacements are capable of spitting out  tungsten rounds at a rate of thousands per minute  

  • to shred any missiles that penetrated the  fleet's air defenses. More than anything though,  

  • a Ford's sheer size makes it extremely  difficult to kill, and the big ship  

  • is capable of taking at least half a dozen  anti-ship missile strikes before going down.

  • The Ford's air wing however is what makes  it the most feared ship in the world. With  

  • the ability to field up to 90 aircraft, each Ford  can put into the air air power comparable to most  

  • nation's entire air forces. This will  very soon include the 5th generation F-35,  

  • who's stealth, advanced sensorsand ability to network across an  

  • entire surface and air fleet makes it itself  one of the deadliest aircraft in the world.

  • However the Ford packs more than just the  world's best fighter aircraft. Its complement  

  • of anti-submarine warfare helicopters will  allow it to keep local seas safe for surface  

  • vessels by tracking, identifying, and ultimately  destroying enemy submarines. Its electronic attack  

  • squadron will help keep friendly aircraft and  even surface ships safe from enemy sensors by  

  • confusing or degrading enemy capabilities, and  its early warning E-2C Hawkeyes will give the  

  • aircraft carrier an effective situational  awareness range of several hundred miles,  

  • making it impossible for an enemy to  sneak up on one via the ocean or the air.

  • With so much firepower in one area, some  have shown serious concerns that aircraft  

  • carriers are increasingly vulnerable to  advanced hypersonic and ballistic missiles,  

  • both of which can be fired from very far outside  the carrier's combat air patrol's range. However,  

  • US officials remain confident that  Ford Class carriers can not just meet,  

  • but survive these threats, and a new hypersonic  missile defense program is already in the works  

  • to defeat these lethal threats. Due to the  critical need to keep these high value assets  

  • safe from enemy attack however, US officials  are completely tight lipped about how exactly  

  • they plan on defeating these threats, and these  programs remain highly classified to this day.

  • These were just some of the weapons  that America's enemies fear the most,  

  • but with the world's largest defense budgetthere are plenty more in the American arsenal-  

  • including secret capabilities that an enemy won't  learn about until it's far too late for them...

  • Now go watch Top 10 Most Powerful Militaries  

  • and keep the watch party going, or  check out this other video instead!

The US military has a storied history, and a start  as one of the weakest militaries in the world.  

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/12
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