B-33 Smotherer | strategic bomber
The B-33 Smotherer is a New Hayesalian designed variant of the Boeing 747 tasked with carrying and delivering a wide array of air to surface missiles to support theatre operations.
B-33s each launching 72 cruise missiles per mission can devastate enemy air defenses. Once air superiority is established, B-33s can fill the B-52 high altitude bomber role by loading 72 precision cruise missiles in their rotary launchers. The Boeing 747 body is ideal for reserve and regular squadrons since thousands of pilots and mechanics work with 747s in their civilian occupations. A B-747 provides the NH Air Force the most modern, flexible, and cost-effective bomber available.
B-33s can dominate the world's oceans. A squadron of 12 B-33s loaded with anti-ship cruise missiles can be vectored toward an enemy fleet by satellite or submarine, while AWACS provide escort with long-range radar. The squadron could launch a total of 1064 cruise missiles at a naval fleet from two directions up to thousand miles away. The Long Range Air to Surface Missile would be used in such a capacity.
Missiles are deployed via a frontal launch. As the nose cone of the B-33 turns to the right at low speed, a succession of air-launched cruise missiles can be deployed from the aircraft. Thanks to the huge capacity and range of the B-33 Smotherer, and accordingly long loiter time, New Hayesalian troops can always have air support even with only a few airplanes overhead.