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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian12 Sep 2018 5:19 p.m. PST

U.S. Air Force weapons developers are working with industry to pursue early prototypes of a new air-launched, nuclear-armed cruise missile able to pinpoint targets with possible attacks from much farther ranges than bombers can typically attack…

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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 5:34 p.m. PST

Sure. Why not?
Every other nucular power has them, including Paraguay and the Vatican.

EnemyAce12 Sep 2018 8:32 p.m. PST

Yes yes, and save the Russian, Chinese, and NK governments the expense of developing their own since their hackers will now just be able to download our designs.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2018 12:20 a.m. PST

Back in the 1960s they had ground-launched missiles similar to these for just that purpose, though I suspect with less sophisticated, terrain following abilities of our current models.

Still, it is a very old idea really kicked off in earnest by the German V-1s, who used both ground and air-launched ones.

They are pretty neat. Got to see a prototype model flying on a test run, circa 1979 1980, as it flew through a mountain pass. I drove underneath it, as the bright orange missile (no doubt sans warhead) flew overhead.

A very unique quirk of fate to be in the right place, at just the right time.

FatherOfAllLogic13 Sep 2018 5:44 a.m. PST

And how is this any different than a cruise missile launched from a ship or the ground?

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2018 9:37 a.m. PST

Longer range.

Lion in the Stars15 Sep 2018 3:34 p.m. PST

And how is this any different than a cruise missile launched from a ship or the ground?

More important than the longer range, it gives you much less time to get the missiles to their launch point, and still gives you a way to recall them if they're not needed.

Missiles, once launched, aren't recall-able. Haven't you all read Fail Safe?!?

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