SHOW OF FORCE US parades 12 nuclear stealth bombers & vows jets are ‘ready to strike anywhere, any time’ amid Middle East tensions

The rarely-seen £1.6billion aircraft were amassed as part of ‘Spirit Vigilance’ amid escalating tensions between Israel and Iran

The B-2 Spirit is a multi-role, heavy bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear warheads.

The 1000kmh beasts are designed to be virtually invisible to radar and are the world’s most expensive aircraft, estimated to cost £1.6billion each.

The two-pilot jet has an unrefueled range of 6,000miles and is specifically built for intercontinental missions.

As tensions spiralled earlier this week as Israel promised it would carry out a “significant response” to Iran’s aerial attack last weekend, the US was testing its stealth bombers.

Twelve of the entire fleet of 20 B-2 Spirit’s performed a fearsome so-called “elephant walk” and flight routine.

The rarely-seen aircraft were amassed as part of the “Spirit Vigilance” training exercise which focuses on increasing the readiness of the airmen to carry out a stealth bomber mission.

The impressive aeronautic challenge involves the jets taxiing together in close formation and a minimal interval takeoff.

The aircraft, assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, were seen on the runway at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri on Monday.


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