first published on February 9, 2018 by Will
A B-52 in Afghanistan just set the record for the most precision guided bombs dropped on a single mission.
On 6 February, the military confirmed that they had dropped 24 smart bombs from the B-52 Stratofortress some time in the 96 hours prior. The following video from 4 February shows an incredible, but undetermined amount of precision munitions striking a mountaintop insurgent training camp. The clip is very likely to be of the record-setting event.
The previous record was only set back in November 2017, when a B-52 dropped 19 JDAMs during a single mission.
The military said in a statement that they were targeting “Taliban training facilities in Badakhshan province, preventing the planning and rehearsal of terrorist acts near the border with China and Tajikistan. The strikes also destroyed stolen Afghan National Army vehicles that were in the process of being converted to vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices.”
The rate of airstrikes against Taliban and other insurgent targets in Afghanistan has tripled since Trump took office. The US dropped 4,361 munitions in 2017, compared with 1,337 in 2016.
“Afghanistan has become [CENTCOM’s] main effort, thanks to the recent successes in Iraq and Syria,” Air Force Maj. Gen. James B. Hecker, commander of NATO Air Command Afghanistan said. “This has allowed Centcom to shift more assets our way, which will significantly improve our ability to assist the Afghans.”