THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN BOMBERS,
FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO
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A brief general description is given of bombers. Three kinds of bombers are noted 1 The heavy or long-range strategic bomber, loaded weight 100 - 200 tons, maximum flying range 7000 km, weapon carrying capacity over 10 tons including atomic bombs and missiles, which is chiefly used for attacking military bases, political, economic, and strategic points. 2 The medium-range strategic bomber, loaded weight 40 - 90 tons, maximum flying range 4000 - 6500 km, weapon carrying capacity over 5 tons, also including atomic bombs and missiles, which is most commonly used for attacking strategic points. 3 The lightweight or tactical bomber, loaded weight 15 - 30 tons, maximum flying range about 3000 km, weapon carrying capacity 3 - 4 tons including small atomic bombs, which is used in the front lines, and for attacking the supply lines and military personnel. It is noted that, under the present conditions, when radar and missiles are used widely in air defense, the trend of bomber development is both toward higher altitudes and greater speed, and lower altitudes and greater speed.
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