The US media believes that the B-21 stealth bomber is the ideal vehicle to lay mines to deter China.
United States Secretary of the Air Force Kendall, in a recent interview with the media, said that the US Air Force has tried its best to find funding for the stealthy strategic bomber program B- 21 Raider, the backbone of America’s future strategic bomber.
US media on November 17 quoted General Kendall as emphasizing that the B-21 stealth bomber can not only perform nuclear and conventional bombing missions but also act as an airborne command vehicle for UAVs. B-21 acting as a mothership could control multiple drones attacking several targets over a wide area simultaneously, overwhelming an adversary’s ability to counter them.
With high stealth features, General Kendall said that the B-21 can deploy advanced intelligent mines to the Taiwan Strait in the event of a conflict, “under the nose” of the S-400 air defense system and Chinese HQ air defense systems. B-21 to act as a stealthy minelayer, swooping in to drop sea mines at the start of a conflict. Quickstrike is a strap-on kit for 500, 1,000, and 2,000-pound aircraft bombs, fitting them with glide fins and a GPS guidance system. Upon release at 35,000 feet, a Quickstrike ER naval mine can glide for up to 40 miles, splashing down into the ocean and then waiting for enemy ships to pass by.