Think the B-2 or F-35 Is Deadly? This Plane Could Kill Billions of People

Sebastien Roblin
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Sebastien Roblin

Security, Americas

The C3 system is powerful.

Think the B-2 or F-35 Is Deadly? This Plane Could Kill Billions of People

Two Navy Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadrons currently operate the E-6: VQ-3 “Ironmen” and VQ-4 “Shadows,” both under the Navy Strategic Communications Wing 1. 

In a military that operates Raptor stealth fighters, A-10 tank busters, B-52 bombers and Harrier jump jets, the U.S. Navy’s placid-looking E-6 Mercury, based on the 707 airliner, seems particularly inoffensive. But don’t be deceived by appearances. Though the Mercury doesn’t carry any weapons of its own, it may be in a sense the deadliest aircraft operated by the Pentagon, as its job is to command the launch of land-based and sea-based nuclear ballistic missiles.

This first appeared in December 2017.

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