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GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member18 Apr 2017 12:59 p.m. PST

…That's More Accurate Than Ever


Wonder if NK will send a fleet towards the US in protest?

Tgunner18 Apr 2017 1:26 p.m. PST

I wouldn't think that row boats would be able to traverse the Pacific. Good exercise though.

Maybe they would be better off using their girl assassins to kill US scientists?


Murvihill18 Apr 2017 2:09 p.m. PST

I'm not sure what you are talking about, because I skimmed the article and it said gravity bomb. Should I have read it more carefully?

mwindsorfw Supporting Member of TMP18 Apr 2017 2:12 p.m. PST

How accurate does one need to be?

Tgunner18 Apr 2017 3:47 p.m. PST

Close enough to hit a 3m thermal exhaust port that is ray shielded?

GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member18 Apr 2017 3:56 p.m. PST

A gravity bomb is a type of missile. For example, a plane carries it towards the target then drops it, thus projecting it to strike the target. The word itself is pretty generalised in the same way as gun is.

SBminisguy18 Apr 2017 4:00 p.m. PST

Except when discussing contemporary military systems a missile refers to a guided attack weapon with its own autonomous means of propulsion.

Neli Creoruska18 Apr 2017 6:10 p.m. PST


Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member18 Apr 2017 9:30 p.m. PST

"Gentlemen, please! No fighting in the War Room!"

Lion in the Stars19 Apr 2017 3:38 a.m. PST

I know that the US is working on modifying the JDAM guidance package to fit/work with the B61 nuclear bombs.

And JDAMs are considered guided missiles by some. (They're guided glide-bombs, if you want to be pedantic)

Buff Orpington Inactive Member19 Apr 2017 8:09 a.m. PST

Let's not quarrel. if it's that accurate let's call it a "hitile".

SBminisguy19 Apr 2017 9:59 a.m. PST

And JDAMs are considered guided missiles by some. (They're guided glide-bombs, if you want to be pedantic)

Not pendantry, but exactitude. Different types of weapons require different types of operations to deliver.

1. A gravity bomb means you have to penetrate an air defense network and get to basically over your target to deliver the weapon. So you need to have the resources to suppress, destroy or sneak past those defenses to make your attack.

2. A glide bomb is an improvement over a gravity bomb, but is still a relatively short-ranged weapon -- and once again you need to penetrate an air defense network and get near the target to make the attack.

3. A missile usually means you can deliver the weapon from a much longer range, without the need to deal with a full air defense network.

Some missiles, like some cruise missiles or something like the SLAM-ER, let you attack from several hundred kilometers of a target, but that means there may be some air intercept threats to deal with.

Longer range cruise or ballistic missiles pretty much bypass most defense systems. Many air defense systems could have a chance of taking down a cruise missile if detected, but only a few countries, the US, Israel, Russia, can intercept a ballistic missile.

GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member20 Apr 2017 1:10 p.m. PST

I would simply put it down as different people have different definitions or that there are several different definitions and the author is using a different one to those who say he is wrong.

Think of it one way – remembering that words can be used in different ways – you could 'say' that a bomb is 'thrown' by the plane – after all, it doesn't go straight down when dropped – plus many bombs have limited guidance systems…

Think outside narrow language constraits – perhaps too many people do place unrealistic restraints on the use of some words?

And really, does it matter?

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