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CONVENTIONAL AIR LAUNCHED CRUISE MISSILE ANNOUNCEMENT

 CONVENTIONAL AIR LAUNCHED CRUISE MISSILE ANNOUNCEMENT
 OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The following


was released today by Boeing Defense & Space Group:
 The Strategic Air Command (SAC) announced today the first operational use of a conventional, long range stand-off weapon system by SAC aircraft at the onset of Operation Desert Storm.
 In ceremonies tomorrow at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Lt. Gen. Martin J. Ryan Jr., 8th Air Force commander, will recognize the dedication and heroism of the men and women of the 2d Wing, which flew the historic Operation Desert Storm combat mission.
 On Jan. 16, 1991, the 2d Wing launched a flight of seven B-52G aircraft carrying conventionally armed Air Launched Cruise Missiles (ALCM). Their mission was to fly to designated missile launch points within U.S. Central Command's area-of-responsibility to attack eight high priority targets located within the territory of Iraq.
 This mission, the first offensive air combat mission launched in support of Operation Desert Storm, marked the beginning of the air campaign for the liberation of Kuwait. These round-trip sorties, flying a total distance of over 14,000 miles and remaining aloft for over 35 hours, represent the longest combat missions in history and the first employment of the conventional ALCM.
 Launched from outside Iraq's air defense network, the conventional ALCM attacked high priority targets including power generation and transmission facilities and military communications sites. Development of the conventional ALCM began in June 1986. The missiles are produced by modifying existing AGM-86B nuclear-capable cruise missiles to carry a high explosive blast/fragmentation warhead. The weapon's initial operation capability was in January 1988.
 Coupled with long-range bombers and air refueling aircraft, the conventional ALCM provides the Air Force a highly responsive capability to launch very accurate conventional attacks against targets located nearly anywhere in the world, without the support of bases located outside the continental United States.
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 NOTE TO EDITORS: Video tape and a photograph are available from Boeing Defense & Space Group, 206-773-0972.
 /CONTACT: Milt Furness of Boeing Defense & Space Group, 206-773-0972; or Maj. Don Planalp, Strategic Air Command, Public Affairs Office, 402-294-5656/
 (BA) CO: Boeing Defense & Space Group; Strategic Air Command ST: Louisiana IN: ARO SU:


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