Air International 2022-01
T.Fish - Fire for effect
The LRASM is expected to play an increasingly important role in the Indo-Pacific in the event of a conflict between China and the US. It will be the goto weapon for strike against the surface action groups of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) as they compete for naval dominance in the Western Pacific
Like the USAF B-52 the Tu-95 Bear is a 1950s vintage design. However, recent upgrades have allowed the aircraft to be equipped with up to eight Kh-101/102 cruise missiles. Russia's TASS agency reported in August that a contract has been signed to upgrade the aircraft to the Tu-95MSM standard
In operation since the 1950s the B-52 Stratofortress has hosted a variety of nuclear and non-nuclear weapon payloads and is set to be fitted with the Long Range Stand-Off weapon and AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response (ARRW) hypersonic missile in the future
An upgraded variant of the H-6, the H-6K bomber of China's People's Liberation Army Air Force. It has about a dozen in service with up to six spaces for a variety of different cruise or stand-off missiles
An artist’s impression of the LRASM being fired from a F/A-18 fighter. It is expected to become the second most common ALCM after the JASSM