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Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2017 2:32 p.m. PST

The AMG-28 Hound Dog Cruise Missile went into service on B-52s in 1959. Anyone know why some of these were not converted to conventional warheads and used in Vietnam during Linebacker and Linebacker II? Could it be cost or accuracy?

Would have saved a lot of lives and kept some form being POWs. It was after all design to be a stand off missile.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2017 2:44 p.m. PST

I know there was an unbelievable amount of ordnance delivered during those operations. So may have been the cost of the dogs.

If they were accurate enough, less may have been more. But why not use them just to take out the SAM and radar sites? Don't have to be as accurate with nukes so maybe they were not accurate enough for the convention role.

Lion in the Stars23 Feb 2017 3:25 p.m. PST

They didn't have the accuracy with conventional warheads, their CEP was 3500m. link Which means that half of all shots fired would land within 3500m of the target!

Not to mention that they were really expensive (~$700,000 in 1960 dollars, equivalent to $5.7 USDmil today), since they used the same engine as an A4 Skyhawk.

nvdoyle Inactive Member23 Feb 2017 4:40 p.m. PST

CEP of 3 km? Yeah, better dial that W28 up to 1.5 MT…

Mako11 Inactive Member23 Feb 2017 6:57 p.m. PST

Yea, probably cost, and the worry they might be needed to take out Russkis should the Cold War suddenly go really hot.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2017 9:01 p.m. PST

Thanks guys.

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