Throughout the flight, the bomber received target data from sensors more than 1,000 nautical miles away, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, through the All-Domain Operations Capability experiment (ADOC-E). After receiving the data, the crew on the B-52 then simulated striking the target, which was 600 nautical miles away, using the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon.
The simulation demonstrated a successful beyond-line-of-sight kill chain, allowing crew members to identify the data links that are necessary in order to complete the loop.
The ADOC-E is a joint team with coordination authority, which facilitates long-range joint fires, with the objective of synchronizing joint functions. According to the statement, Northern Edge provided a realistic threat environment that heightened the challenging aspects of this strike simulation.
NE21, the biggest training exercise to unfold in Alaska, is designed to demonstrate live-virtual-constructive capabilities and improve joint interoperability. The exercise began earlier this month and will continue until May 14.
The AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon was developed by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Air Force. Designed to provide rapid response, this hypersonic missile is important for striking essential targets in difficult locations, from a distance that is far away enough to not expose the crew that’s launching the strike. The ARRW missile has completed several tests so far and is expected to enter production in 2022.