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Reportedly, as part of its defensive EW suite, the B-1A was intended to have a towed decoy related to the TDU-X.

It is also worth mentioning that two separate people claimed this thing was being developed as a towed decoy for the B-1A bomber before it was canceled. It is possible that an offshoot of this towed target program did have that concept in mind, but we cannot find any evidence that anything came of it. A towed electronic warfare and even infrared-enabled decoy for the B-1A would have been quite useful for ensuring its survivability.

Such a decoy would have to of been capable of being stable at high speed and the small towed decoys we know today were just not possible during the 1970s when the B-1A was being developed. It's also worth noting that the B-1A's born-again successor, the B-1B, was one of the first aircraft in the USAF's stable to received modern towed decoys. So maybe there is something to these claims, we just need to find documentation of it.
 

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North American AMSA design took some inspiration from this I think?
 

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As a kid, I remember seeing a B-1B flying over a grain elevator. We were delivering wheat to grain silo. It was in August 1989 or 1990. McConnell AFB was where they were based out of at the time. I think they liked using the silos as simulated targets.
 

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Good Day All -

A few images from the Gerald Balzer collection to add to the thread.

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Not sure if anyone else may have commented but the oblique wing one looks very much like the Dan Raymer Rockwell D645-3 ISADS Minimum Penetration Time bomber of 1978. It was a study config. - see below
 

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Good Day All -

A few images from the Gerald Balzer collection to add to the thread.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
Not sure if anyone else may have commented but the oblique wing one looks very much like the Dan Raymer Rockwell D645-3 ISADS Minimum Penetration Time bomber of 1978. It was a study config. - see below
Yes, its a Rockwell design but not AMSA.
 

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