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US B-2 bombers and ICBM nuclear weapons are ready to attack and defend the country in a matter of minutes if the United States suddenly finds itself in the middle of a war - despite the dangers, distractions and challenges of COVID-19. , said the senior official of the US Air Force.

"Rest assured, we have taken the necessary steps to ensure that the forces of the bombers and ICBM are ready to attack and can reach any target on the planet in a matter of minutes at any time," said General Tim Ray, commander. Global Strike of the Air Force.

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The crews at the US nuclear arsenal, for example, have implemented some distance and isolation measures, but in a way that maintains critical management and control systems, allowing them to respond immediately to the attack if needed. U.S. intercontinental ballistic missiles, which may take about half an hour or less to travel through space on a single target, could quickly eliminate any location that triggers a nuclear attack in the United States. It is this kind of retaliation, according to the Pentagon's nuclear strategy, that keeps the peace. The US ICBM is ready for weapons silos in an area in the western part of the country, including Montana and Wyoming. For all these reasons and much more, it is self-evident that the Air Force is pushing to ensure that these weapons are ready, under any circumstances.

Ray's comments appear to be designed to send a clear message to opponents, suggesting that the COVID-19 crisis does not make the United States vulnerable to attack if opponents try to take advantage of the current situation.

Operations involving the Air Force's nuclear weapons arsenal and bomber fleet continue, Ray explained. As for nuclear weapons, this is equivalent to readiness exercises, training and other types of measures aimed at ensuring readiness. As far as the fleet of bombers is concerned, the goal is to secure a first undetected first attack on the enemy in case of need.

Just in March this year, the Air Force deployed a special team of B-2 bombers in Portugal to support the US European Administration. A report by the Air Force explained that the front-line bombers from the 131st bomb wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, were carrying out virtual "invasions" and flying training missions from various facilities across the European continent.

European integration, among other things, undoubtedly refers to exercises aimed at interoperability and networking of secret American bombers with allied systems and technologies on the continent. While the ICBM's presence is of course somewhat self-evident, the B-2s have a specific and sometimes complex deterrent mission. They can, of course, drop nuclear weapons if asked to do so, but at the same time the B-2s are designed with a decisive conventional combat mission. The secret bombers plan to escape the enemy radar to find and destroy the enemy defense, thus paving the way for other war platforms to attack and carry out missions. The purpose of this mission is to reassure opponents that they are not inaccessible if they are attacked by fighter jets, long-range missions and other weapons of basic strategic value. While it first appeared decades ago, the B-2 is constantly being upgraded by Air Force weapon developers. The stealth platform is taking on new digital cockpit technology, faster computer processors, improved weapon applications and new sensors that can detect the position of enemy defensive weapons.

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