Experts explained that in this way the United States wants to bypass the Russian air defense (air defense). This decision can increase the firepower available during combat. “Instead of standing on a runway, cargo and transport planes could be quickly equipped with a huge amount of ammunition,” commentators explained.
To accommodate missiles, the aircraft were equipped with unique pallets. AGM-158B JASSM-ER precision air-to-ground missiles were loaded there. In addition, the transports were equipped with an automatic missile targeting system.
All this should help the American Air Force to more effectively use its cargo planes in a possible conflict with Russia.