Elegant

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Fundamental transformation.

Not rich means must be more smart.

13 responses to “Elegant

  1. Alfred E. Neuman

    Reblogged this on The Lynler Report.

  2. “The pace and effectiveness of the Russian Air Force (well, technically they are now called AirSpace Forces or ASF so I will refer to them as RASF from now on) …”

    During the Korean War they were called ‘targets’. How times have changed.

    • In the Korean War, they were fighting a technological “par” foe. Today they are fighting 7th century goat molesters with (mostly) small arms and no real air defense. The Turks got one but that was a sucker punch.

      • With much help from the Muslim in Chief, who directed the military to pass along the plane’s flight plan to the raghead maggots. And the military did as they were told.

  3. By the way I don’t know if I would call it Elegant. This is really no more than a Norden bomb sight writ by GPS. But it is still ballistics, a well known military problem, dating back to the first cannon.

    Better title would be ‘Clever’.

  4. Would be a software update in current fly by wire aircraft.
    Something like that on an A-10 would be nice.
    Didn’t the F-111 have a similar system but was inertial navigation based pre GPS?

  5. Bad Attitude

    US aircraft have had this kind of capability for decades. GPS is a comparatively modern (operational 25 years ago) improvement to navigation, but that does not mean pilots did not know their position before. Tactical aircraft have had Inertial Navigation Units (INUs) for decades. Doing periodic position “fixes” on known geographic features (correcting the INU position) during flight allowed the aircraft to accurately know its location when it reached its intended target.

    The article downplays the JDAM and laser guidance kits placed on dumb bombs because of their cost. What is important is not how cheaply you can deliver individual bombs to the general vicinity of the target, but how cheaply you can kill the target. JDAM and laser guidance packages allow one aircraft to deliver one or two bombs to a target with a high probability of kill. In contrast, the approach used by the Russians in the article will require more aircraft dropping more bombs to achieve a similar probability of kill. (By way of analogy, which is cheaper and more likely to succeed, a trained sniper’s one-shot-one-kill or a platoon of soldiers using spray-and-pray tactics?)

    Precision guided munitions (e.g. JDAM, laser guidance) allow US aircraft to take out a difficult target such as a bridge or hardened structure with a single bomb. Even with this improved Russian targeting capability, they will likely require multiple aircraft flying multiple sorties to take out a similarly difficult target.

    • Except that oil tank trucks are nowhere near as hardened targets as command facilities. Remember the old saying:

      Close only counts with horseshoes and nukes
      ???

      Close (~3-5 meters) is also good enough for those vehicles.

      • Bad Attitude

        In the Russian bombing video I’ve seen, the miss distance is more like 30 meters. Sure, a tanker truck is going to be badly perforated if a bomb goes off even 30 meters away.

        The 3 to 5 meters mentioned in the article (actually, it reads more like a press release or marketing brochure) is the theoretical miss distance under ideal conditions. But, in the real world, the bomb’s flight path is affected by wind speed and direction, air density, and humidity – all of which will vary with altitude – and a host of other real-word factors.

    • There is obviously more to this than just knowing where you are. The thing provides an envelop to fly in and releases the bomb at the appropriate time.

  6. I still want to see a few Big Belly D model Buffs taken out of the desert, refurbished with some modern turbofan engines and Arc Light ISIS with over 100 500 pounders per plane.
    Delta formation of 5 planes three times a day.
    Rolling Thunder V.

    Yeah, I’m in a dream world on that one.

  7. Sounds like we need this on our B-52s, in service since 1955. I wonder if the Rooskies would sell us some? 🙂