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#161 GARGEAN

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Posted 06 September 2018 - 1033 AM

PAK-FA already has an IRST. Perhaps they just ran out of room in the nose with the radar installation? Most strike missions probably use INS/GPS anyway. When I see footage of LGBs hitting stuff it usually is a CAS situation, and presumably you wouldn't do CAS in contested airspace.

This. Albeit not exatly "ran out of space", but just never intended to have this system inside. T-50 was always multirole with AS as main role, unlike F-35 which is same multirole but with strike mission as head goal.


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#162 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 06 September 2018 - 1122 AM

PAK-FA already has an IRST. Perhaps they just ran out of room in the nose with the radar installation? Most strike missions probably use INS/GPS anyway. When I see footage of LGBs hitting stuff it usually is a CAS situation, and presumably you wouldn't do CAS in contested airspace.

 

I know. It just strikes me as common sense to use the same system for both target identification and for guiding laser weapons.


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