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Offline sferrin

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Re: Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb
« Reply #30 on: June 10, 2018, 06:31:24 am »
It's been 3+ years since they first tested the concept.  My question is, why isn't it already in service?
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Re: Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb
« Reply #31 on: June 10, 2018, 11:04:40 am »
Not "transformational" enough? Doesn't produce a "quantum-leap" to "technological-overmatch"? Alternatively, SDB could be Tor-bait. It is a relatively expensive weapon, especially SDB-II, and isn't survivable enough to be economical on a high-intensity battlefield.

To return to the first point. Not to go all historical, but the last time the US faced a peer enemy in the Soviet Union, the US had far from "technological-overmatch." If your opponent has an economy with a similar capability to yours, you cannot expect to beat them in all aspects of armed conflict. The dream that the US can maintain "technological-overmatch" is going to cripple weapons development until the US focuses on "overmatch" in the areas which count and focus on competitive and economical capabilities in other areas.



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Re: Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb
« Reply #32 on: June 10, 2018, 02:35:33 pm »
Not "transformational" enough? Doesn't produce a "quantum-leap" to "technological-overmatch"? Alternatively, SDB could be Tor-bait. It is a relatively expensive weapon, especially SDB-II, and isn't survivable enough to be economical on a high-intensity battlefield.

So far it's just SDB I, and there aren't enough TOR on the planet to defend everything.  SDB on MLRS would be damn useful.
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Re: Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb
« Reply #33 on: June 10, 2018, 09:09:20 pm »
They could easily be programmed to do a simultaneous impact pattern which would likely overwhelm any defenders.
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Re: Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb
« Reply #34 on: June 11, 2018, 10:31:42 pm »


https://twitter.com/BoeingDefense/status/1004759334331600898

A LBASM role might be more palatable since the expended rocket motor would prove less of a hazard.

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Re: Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb
« Reply #35 on: June 12, 2018, 05:00:21 am »
LBASM?
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Re: Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb
« Reply #36 on: June 12, 2018, 06:49:44 am »
LBASM?

Land Based Anti-Ship Missile?
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Re: Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb
« Reply #37 on: June 12, 2018, 09:02:31 am »
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Re: Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb
« Reply #38 on: June 12, 2018, 10:15:16 am »
LBASM?

Land Based Anti-Ship Missile?

I hope not.  That would suck.

In fairness, the SDB warhead is only slightly smaller than NSM's or SM-6's.
Strikes me as a reasonably cheap way to deal with boghammers/FACs/SSCs