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Unread post18 Feb 2020, 01:06

mozza wrote:Yeah it's useful having this capability but let's be serious, it's not everyday that you want to drop a 2000 lb bomb from a strike fighter, you usually use cruise missiles from land or ships to do that since the big targets are well known, i think carrying some stealth cruise missiles or smaller ordinance in big number is more useful for a strike figther..


1- The biggest warhead that some of those cruise missiles (the biggest/more powerful) carry are 1000lb class warheads (and NOT 2000lb class warheads!). For example: Storm Shadow, Tomahawk and JASSM carry 1000lb class warheads. Other cruise missiles carry even smaller warheads.
And you can refer to my last post why 2000lb bombs are better than 1000lb (resuming, more destructive power with small diference in terms of collateral damage) or resuming.

2- Cruise missiles fly for much longer time and distances which means that the probability of being detected and shot down by enemy air defenses is much bigger compared to a 2000lb bomb like the GBU-31 whose flight path is much shorter. In order to reduce their vulnerability, cruise missiles usually fly at low (nap of the Earth) altitudes but while this can technically reduce detection by enemy radars and long range air defense systems, this makes such missiles vulnerable to a myriad of other weapons such as MANPADS, all sorts of AA Guns and Machine Guns.

3- 2000lb bombs are far, far and far less expensive than cruise missiles and this together with all the advantages previously mentioned - Cruise Missiles are more expensive and more are needed to take out targets compared to 2000lb bombs which by its turn makes Cruise Missiles even more expensive.


Also and directly replying to your post: If you're going to perform a one-off strike then you can indeed use Cruise missiles, of course. But if you're waging an all-out war such as in Desert Storm in 1991 or Allied Force in 1999 then it's simply NOT sustainable to hit and destroy every enemy static target resorting to Cruise Missiles (due to reason also mentioned above).
“Active stealth” is what the ignorant nay sayers call ECM and pretend like it’s new.
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Unread post18 Feb 2020, 01:12

sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:
mozza wrote:it's not everyday that you want to drop a 2000 lb bomb from a strike fighter, you usually use cruise missiles from land or ships to do that since the big targets are well known, i think carrying some stealth cruise missiles or smaller ordinance in big number is more useful for a strike figther..

I think you have this backwards. Until the F-35, you COULDN"T use a strike fighter to penetrate advanced IADS and drop the bomb on the target (which may be the IADS itself). You HAD TO use cruise missiles. There has been a graphic around as well that shows that direct attack (LGB, JDAM) is over an order of magnitude less costly than cruise missiles.


That and also steve2267's F-117 point are also very true indeed and of course I fully agree.
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Unread post18 Feb 2020, 18:28

Salute!

Since we are getting into philosophy and war games and such......

Maybe Steve is becoming one of my acolytes, not a disciple yet, but learning/thinking/playing "what if" assets I have to play with, and the beat goes on.

The deal with the cruise missile attack scenario is that some or most of the critters could be benign and they will waste the enemy IAD missiles and interceptors. Back when I was a nugget defending us from the Bisons and Bears, we worried about the dunb drones that would divert us from the real folks hauling the nukes. Of course, our attack side had the Quail for decoys and the Hound Dog for cruise doofer.s Those were scary times, folks, and we didn't have Red Flag and only very scripted scenarios heavily biased in our favor.

You do not have to take out every pissant missile site. You go for the ones with longest effective tracking range and you go for the regional radar sites that provide the individual missile sites with specific targets of a heads up. You also try for the command and control places as we did in Desert Storm. Think about the FUBAR in Iran last month. I can vouch that the Vee had their act together and we had very few missiles sent at the A2A guys, and zero at airliners coming into Hanoi.

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Unread post19 Feb 2020, 00:45

Defensive AEW changes the equation. 4G will need to out-stick the CAP which will see them coming. That's where 22-35 will be needed.
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Unread post19 Feb 2020, 03:46

:shock: :crazypilot: Did someone say 'bunker buster'? THIS IS A BUNKER BUSTER buster. :roll: 8)
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Unread post19 Feb 2020, 06:41

spazsinbad wrote::shock: :crazypilot: Did someone say 'bunker buster'? THIS IS A BUNKER BUSTER buster. :roll: 8)


...and just to be clear, is that the plane, pilot or nose job?
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Unread post19 Feb 2020, 06:57

CLEAR? Clear. Charge the PADDLES to whapitywop. CLEAR! BumpF - we nuked 'em from orbit boss. CLEAR. BOOOMPFFF!!!!

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Unread post19 Feb 2020, 23:14

spazsinbad wrote::shock: :crazypilot: Did someone say 'bunker buster'?


That would have been me :wink:

spazsinbad wrote:THIS IS A BUNKER BUSTER buster. :roll: 8)


I would say that reference to nuclear weapons/bombs should be considered cheating when it comes to the discussion at hand :devil:
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Unread post20 Feb 2020, 09:04

Odds of the pilot missing...? Oops I actually flipped the drop switch,
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Unread post20 Feb 2020, 09:33

Pictures of 'nukes' under A-4s are more likely 'SHAPES' (inert) nobody carries such a weapon lightly for that OOPS moment.
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Unread post04 Mar 2020, 22:42

spazsinbad wrote:
The F-35’s High Angle of Attack Explained 12 Jul 2016 LM [this is a quote from LOCKHEED MARTIN hisself]
https://www.f35.com/in-depth/detail/the ... -explained
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“...The F-35 was also designed to turn at nine Gs, with a full load of internally-stored fuel & weapons...”


Ok long wait, but had a chat with LM.

Basically: the Bowman report is confirmed. It was a "requirement", but that the program has since "moved on". F35.com article is neither denied nor confirmed. That's it, not surprisingly. :bang: :mrgreen:
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Unread post05 Mar 2020, 02:07

energo wrote:
spazsinbad wrote:
The F-35’s High Angle of Attack Explained 12 Jul 2016 LM [this is a quote from LOCKHEED MARTIN hisself]
https://www.f35.com/in-depth/detail/the ... -explained
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“...The F-35 was also designed to turn at nine Gs, with a full load of internally-stored fuel & weapons...”


Ok long wait, but had a chat with LM.

Basically: the Bowman report is confirmed. It was a "requirement", but that the program has since "moved on". F35.com article is neither denied nor confirmed. That's it, not surprisingly. :bang: :mrgreen:

Billie Flynn has confirmed it on a number of occasions. 9G/50° AoA/M1.6 with full internal payload and fuel.
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Unread post16 Mar 2020, 10:16

Some recent OLD bunker BUSTER info: U.S. Navy 1950s Light-Attack Jet Programs 13 Mar 2020 Tommy H. Thomason

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