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Posted: 12/3/2001 6:10:27 AM EDT
GPS Aided Munitions are being used extensively in Afghanistan to VERY accurately hit point targets. At least when they work..... But, there have been multiple incidents of guidance failure, including at least one that resulted in US casualties. Do we need to pull them from the front lines until they can be made to work more reliably? Scott ;b ------------------ QUIS CUSTODIET IPSOS CUSTODES?? SUPPORT THE SECOND AMENDMENT!!!!!
Link Posted: 12/3/2001 6:25:58 AM EDT
Hate to tell you but the "hit rate" or any weapon is low. Laser guided bombs miss targets. Should we pull them? "Dumb" bombs miss targets all the time. Should we pull them? 5.56 bullets miss targets all the time. Should we pull them? I really don't think you can make a bomb 100% accurate. I think the laser guided stuff is only 60% or less. Accuracy drops way down when you start dropping unguided bombs. Plus figure in pilot error. 60% seems VERY high. Most bombs fall within a given area of a target. That's about as close as it gets. Av.
Link Posted: 12/3/2001 7:18:09 AM EDT
War is a messy business. Yes, bombs miss their targets on occasion. However, please keep in mind that laser guided munitions in use by the United States miliary are the most accurate weapons systems for bombing yet devised by man. Should we "pull them"? Hell no! We should investigate their weaknesses (preferably in a real-world application sitution) and work to improve them even further (if possible). Casualties from friendly fire is, sadly, one of the expected outcomes of war.
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