Early ALCM studies - ZAGM-86A and AGM-86B

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SCADs making it easier for a B-52 to penetrate...
 

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Photo taken of a surviving AGM-86A at the Smithsonian Air and Space Annex at Udvar-Hazy by me.
 

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AGM-86A ALCM (Air Launched Cruise Missile) undergoing final pre-delivery tests at the Boeing plant.

Source:http://www.ausairpower.net/TE-Cruise-Missiles-1985.html
 

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Just a quick note on the AGM-86A from Goetz's "A technical history of america's nuclear weapons: volume II - developments from 1960 through 2020 - second edition":

Length: 167.25 inches, (13'11.25", 4.24 meters)
Wingspan: 115 inches at 35 degrees,
Weight: 2082 pounds,
Speed: Mach 0.65-0.85,
Range: 650nm

They were about the same size as SRAM, so the B-1 could carry up to 24 of them internally.

I was looking for range, and couldn't find it online when I remembered I had the book. No index, which made it more difficult, but a useful book nonetheless.

That's a size and weight that would have made them tactical aircraft friendly. I'd say they would be better than a B-61 for attacking tactical targets, as would the SRAM 2, the intended replacement for the B-61. The warhead was around 300lbs, so substituting a conventional munition wouldn't yield much bang, but range could be sacrificed for payload.
 
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That's a size and weight that would have made them tactical aircraft friendly. I'd say they would be better than a B-61 for attacking tactical targets, as would the SRAM 2, the intended replacement for the B-61. The warhead was around 300lbs, so substituting a conventional munition wouldn't yield much bang, but range could be sacrificed for payload.
The original AGM-86A was a really interesting concept to be used by penetrating bombers, allowing them to attack multiple targets off their flight path and acting as an armed decoy. The later B version was really an alternative concept looking to avoid penetration entirely, less adaptable to alternative applications but a response to the political-military concerns of the time around penetrating bombers.
 

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In-house ASD (Wright Patterson) ALCM study.

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Early preliminary design studies of the ALCM included the Subsonic Cruise Attack Missile (SCAM), the Subsonic Cruise Armed Decoy (SCAD), and the Subsonic Cruise Unarmed Decoy (SCUD), the latter a replacement for the Quail decoy, all of which began as design studies by Wright Field's design engineers. ASD's Development Planning deputate worked with both the Air Force Avionics Laboratory and the Air Force Aero Propulsion Laboratory in developing the ALCM concept. Particularly vital was the projection of engine technologies for gas turbine power plants that were sufficiently small for use in a missile. After many years of further development studies in the Air Force and the Department of Defense, the AGM-86 ALCM achieved operational status in 1982.


Splendid Vision, Unswerving Purpose: Developing Air Power for the United States Air Force During the First Century of Powered Flight
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