Two B-1 bombers from Ellsworth Air Force Base recently departed to Qatar, reports KOTA News. The B-1 bombers will support missions that are currently battling against terrorist organizations. B-1 bombers have not assisted in combat since 2016, when the fleet was pulled for substantial upgrades. Prior to 2016, the bombers had been in continuous combat since 2001.
While over half of the B-1 bomber fleet has been upgraded, the final upgrades are not expected to be completed until 2019. The upgrades come at a cost of $127 million and include the installation of an integrated battle station.
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