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#1 Chris Werb

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 0612 AM

I found this interesting.


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Posted 28 July 2019 - 1154 AM

The bladed version smells like.... well, something you'd step in.


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Posted 29 July 2019 - 0554 AM

Kinda old news and most probably not geniune. Much more probable is simple GBU-44 with faulty fuze.
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Posted 29 July 2019 - 0710 AM

Kinda old news and most probably not geniune. Much more probable is simple GBU-44 with faulty fuze.

 

Or perhaps even more likely a GBU with a inert warhead.


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Posted 29 July 2019 - 1104 AM

The US has a wide variety of inert munitions to choose from. I have a hard time blades would be useful or necessary; most of these glide weapons still impact their targets at hundreds of miles of hour, and Hellfires are even transonic in part of the flight regime. Impacting a car with an inert warhead could easily cause that level of damage even with smaller munitions.


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Posted 29 July 2019 - 1215 PM

The bladed version smells like.... well, something you'd step in.

 

It really sounds, well, odd. Just an inert warhed would pretty much do the same damage. Or as others wrote a guided inert bomb. I do not really see what the "swords"  are really improving.


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#7 Chris Werb

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Posted 29 July 2019 - 1250 PM

 

The bladed version smells like.... well, something you'd step in.

 

It really sounds, well, odd. Just an inert warhed would pretty much do the same damage. Or as others wrote a guided inert bomb. I do not really see what the "swords"  are really improving.

 

 

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Posted 29 July 2019 - 1433 PM

There was one thing that looked like a cross-swords design. BAT.
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#9 Chris Werb

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Posted 30 July 2019 - 1548 PM

There was one thing that looked like a cross-swords design. BAT.

 

Which morphed into the GBU-44 Viper Strike


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Posted 30 July 2019 - 1606 PM

Nothing like selling boutique toys to perform trivial missions.  I'm sure the profit margins are astronomical.  S/F....Ken M


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Posted 30 July 2019 - 1913 PM

I suppose a 105mm round from an AC-130 is a little too over the top?


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Posted 30 July 2019 - 2318 PM

I suppose a 105mm round from an AC-130 is a little too over the top?

That could be interesting, does anyone make a laser guided 105 mm round?


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Posted 31 July 2019 - 0202 AM

Kind of reminds me of the movie 'Screamers'. I guess they were right, mankind will always return to first principles.


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Posted 31 July 2019 - 1222 PM

Inert warheads are good in reducing collateral damage.


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Posted 31 July 2019 - 1739 PM

Chris - I didn't remember that they'd developed it further, but if you're looking for something that can be carried on a large UAV and which might make cross-shaped holes in the top of a target if it either didn't go off or was deliberately inert, then it could actually have been one of those and not some ninja Hellfire. The wikipedia page says that the current owners of the missile design have tested it against high speed vehicles.


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Posted 31 July 2019 - 1904 PM

Inert warheads are good in reducing collateral damage.

 

I've long thought that shrapnel.bomb could be viable to reduce, not only colleteral damage, but also the danger close distance, to ones own ground troops.

 

By changing the direction and the angle of decent for the final part of the trajectory, and by changing the height of the payload ejection, one should also be able to adjust the shape and size of the beaten zone.


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Posted 31 July 2019 - 2033 PM

USAF already has the kinder, gentler BLU-129/B Low Collateral Damage bomb. I believe they also attach a first aid kit to the weapon as a show of kindness.


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Posted 01 August 2019 - 0159 AM

Chris - I didn't remember that they'd developed it further, but if you're looking for something that can be carried on a large UAV and which might make cross-shaped holes in the top of a target if it either didn't go off or was deliberately inert, then it could actually have been one of those and not some ninja Hellfire. The wikipedia page says that the current owners of the missile design have tested it against high speed vehicles.

 

It definitely could have been. What makes me think that it probably wasn't is that it is only associated with the MQ-5, AC-130W and KC-130J. I suspect the shot was taken by a Reaper.


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