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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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