AGM-86B Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) Mission
Provide a highly accurate, long-range, air-to-surface strategic nuclear missile that can evade air and ground-based defenses to strike targets anywhere in the enemy’s territory.
The AGM-86B Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) is a highly accurate, long-range, air-to-surface strategic nuclear missile. It carries a single W80 nuclear warhead. The small, winged AGM-86B missile is powered by a turbofan jet engine that propels it at sustained subsonic speeds. After launch, the missile’s folded wings, tail surfaces, and engine inlet deploy.
The AGM-86B is then able to fly complicated routes to a target through use of a terrain contour-matching guidance system. AGM-86B missiles can be air-launched in large numbers by B-52 bombers. An enemy force would have to counterattack each of the missiles, making defense against them costly and complicated.
The missiles’ small size and low-altitude flight capability make them difficult to detect on radar.
|AGM-86B Missile on Bomber|
Weight : 3,150 lb.
Range : 1,500+ miles
Armament : W80-1 warhead
Dimensions Length : 20.75 ft.; Diameter: 2 ft.; Wingspan: 12 ft.
Warhead : W80-1 warhead
Coverage : Global
Compatability : B-52
Acquisition status :
Program Status : Fielded
Unit Assignment : Barksdale AFB, LA; Minot AFB, ND
Future Upgrades : Undergoing life extension programs