October 30, 2009
Bomb Back

Does a new weapon system herald the end of the precision-guided era? On the one hand, I can think of no better sight than a rogue mortar shell being blasted out of the sky. On the other, I would find it really annoying if my fancy guided bomb got blown up just a few hundred feet before it hit the target.

Posted by scott at October 30, 2009 06:54 AM

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Seems like the workaround wouldn't be too incredibly expensive. Three possible options come to mind:
1 - just general saturation. Bombs are cheap. In the big picture, so are the GPS guided ones. Figure out the rate of fire and use more than they can handle.
2 - another possibility is develop a minor kink in the bomb delivery process. Come up with some highly-radar reflective dummy rounds that can attach to the main bomb. When it gets into tracking range the little decoys pop off and the main bomb does some sort of maneuvering jig to take it off it's course.
3 - Similar to the above, your munition has the decoys or other avoidance tech, but focuses on taking the system out - go for the radar first then the individual guns.

There's a myriad of other solutions as well, including radar-absorbing paint. I'd be concerned that UXO there could give up useful security info, though.

Posted by: Ron ap Rhys on October 30, 2009 12:15 PM
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