Canceled by the Carter administration and finally commissioned by President Reagan as the modified B-1B, manufactured by Rockwell, the Lancer began its duties as a nuclear-armed bomber in the mid- 1980s.
The end of the Cold War intervened, and the jet was removed from its nuclear missions as a result of arms control legislation. However, the 1990s saw the metamorphosis of the Lancer into a potent conventional weapons carrier which has seen action in Iraq, the Balkans and Afghanistan.
In B-1B Lancer Units in Combat, book demonstrates that the Rockwell B-1B Lancer has proved its critics wrong in demonstrating its use as a highly flexible and hard-working bomber, able to undertake diverse missions ranging from CAS to the targeting of weapons-of-mass-destruction installations.
Published as part of the Osprey Combat Aircraft series.