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<p></p> <p>For several days now, a coalition of nations has been hammering targets inside Libya as part of a United Nations resolution to protect civilian lives in the North African country's recently erupted civil war.</p> <p>Here is a look at some of the military kit that has been deployed by the United States and allies during the ongoing military intervention.</p> <p></p>

<strong>B-2 </strong>

<p></p> <p></p> <p>The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit — better known as the stealth bomber — entered service in 1997 and before Libya had seen action in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.</p> <p>The United States Air Force (USAF) has 20 of these big-ticket planes in service; each B-2 on average costs close to $3 billion (in 2011 dollars), according to a Government Accountability Office report.</p> <p>Engineers designed the B-2 to <a alt="((CONLINK|763|infiltrate%20enemy%20airspace))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/763-7-next-generation-uavs.html">infiltrate enemy airspace</a> without drawing much attention. For example, the "flying wing" design cuts down on edges that radar can bounce off of, and the engines are mounted within this wing to minimize thermal signatures.</p> <p>The aircraft can hold up to 40,000 pounds (18,140 kilograms) of ordnance in its bomb bay.</p> <p></p>

<strong>Nuclear Submarines</strong>

<p></p> <p></p> <p>The British Royal Navy has sent the HMS Triumph, a Trafalgar-class nuclear sub, into the waters off Libya. Trafalgar-class submarines, which came into service in 1984, measure 279 feet (85 meters) long and 33 feet (10 meters) wide. The Triumph, along with U.S. Navy ships and submarines, launched more than 110 Tomahawk missiles in an initial volley to take out Libyan air defenses on March 19.</p> <p>The U.S. has two nuclear attack submarines in the region, the USS Providence and the USS Scranton, and a cruise missile sub called the USS Florida.</p> <p></p>

<strong>F-15</strong>

<p></p> <p></p> <p>The F-15 Eagle, originally made by McDonnell Douglas and later Boeing, has been a mainstay of the USAF since the mid-1970s. The twin-engine air superiority fighter is capable of exceeding Mach 2.5 and carries an array of armaments, including Gatling guns as well as guided and heat-seeking missiles</p> <p>A multi-role derivative of the F-15 Eagle, the F-15E Strike Eagle (shown above), crashed in Libya on Monday due to an equipment malfunction. Both pilots ejected at high altitude and were later rescued, although they sustained minor injuries.</p> <p></p>

<strong>Tomahawk Cruise Missile</strong>

<p></p> <p></p> <p>This jet-powered guided missile has been blowing up targets since it officially came into service in 1983. Fired from a ship or a submarine, Tomahawk missiles weigh about 2,900 pounds (1,315 kilograms), with the warhead accounting for about a third of that total mass.</p> <p>The missile has a range of approximately 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers).</p> <p></p>

<strong>Dassault Rafale</strong>

<p></p> <p></p> <p>The French have deployed this warplane over Libya to help enforce a no-fly zone against the Libyan air force. The Rafale has an advanced electronic "survival system" that closely tracks aerial targets and threats. The aircraft's radar can also generate <a alt="((CONLINK|459|three-dimensional%20maps))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/459-lasers-used-to-create-3-d-model-of-new-york-city.html">three-dimensional maps</a> of the ground below for terrain-following even in blind conditions, and is the only fighter with this capability, according to Dassault Aviation's website.</p> <p></p>

<strong>Guided Missile Destroyer</strong>

<p></p> <p></p> <p>The USS Barry and USS Stout, two guided missile destroyers with the U.S. Navy, are also participating in the international intervention. As their name implies, these ships launch guided missiles, such as Tomahawks.</p> <p></p>

<strong>Panavia Tornado </strong>

<p></p> <p></p> <p>The Italian Air Force has scrambled several Panavia Tornado ECR (Electronic Combat/Reconnaissance) aircraft, according to reports. Rather than <a alt="((CONLINK|1144|dropping%20bombs))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/1144-bang-free-bombs-military-technology-concrete.html">dropping bombs</a> or destroying hostile aircraft, these ECR planes will engage in so-called suppression of enemy air defenses with a special system that zeroes in on ground-based radar sites. An AGM-88 High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) then is fired to take out the station.</p> <p>Several nations, including the United Kingdom, Germany and Saudi Arabia, also bought the Tornado before Panavia, a tri-national consortium, ceased production in 1998.</p> <p></p>

<strong>F-16</strong>

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