hmmm, WWIII type exercise.
After #Americans went to sleep last night, command and control aircraft & strategic long-range bombers conducted a global mission that SUCCESSFULLY tested our #readiness & integrated capabilities. Great work by everyone involved! #Deterrence #Assurance #CombatReadyForce pic.twitter.com/xd4Fg5i5eY
— US Strategic Command (@US_Stratcom) September 30, 2020
The E-4 fleet was originally deployed in 1974, when it was termed National Emergency Airborne Command Post (NEACP) (often pronounced “kneecap”). The aircraft was to provide a survivable platform to conduct war operations in the event of a nuclear attack. Early in the E-4’s service, the media dubbed the aircraft as “the doomsday planes”. The E-4 was also capable of operating the “Looking Glass” missions of the Strategic Air Command (SAC).
The E-4B is designed to survive an EMP with systems intact and has state-of-the-art direct fire countermeasures. Although many older aircraft have been upgraded with glass cockpits, tnice peopletill uses traditional analog flight instruments, as they are less susceptible to damage from an EMP blast.