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The U.S. Air Force awarded BOEING CO. a $188.3 million new small-diameter precision-guided bomb contract



 
 
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Old October 28th 03, 03:37 AM
Larry Dighera
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Default The U.S. Air Force awarded BOEING CO. a $188.3 million new small-diameter precision-guided bomb contract


The U.S. Air Force on Monday said it had awarded BOEING CO. a
$188.3 million contract to develop and test a new
small-diameter precision-guided bomb, giving Boeing's McDonnell
Douglas unit the green light to continue systems development and
demonstration work on the new 250-pound bomb. The Air Force had
announced the contract for Boeing on Oct. 9, but later said the
announcement was premature and the decision was still being
reviewed. The 250-pound class munition is half the size of the
smallest bomb used by the Air Force today but is designed to
pierce more than four feet of steel-reinforced concrete, like a
much bigger 2,000-pound BLU-109.
(Reuters 06:24 PM ET 10/20/2003)

Mo
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Old October 28th 03, 08:36 AM
John Penta
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On Tue, 28 Oct 2003 03:37:19 GMT, Larry Dighera
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The U.S. Air Force on Monday said it had awarded BOEING CO. a
$188.3 million contract to develop and test a new
small-diameter precision-guided bomb, giving Boeing's McDonnell
Douglas unit the green light to continue systems development and
demonstration work on the new 250-pound bomb. The Air Force had
announced the contract for Boeing on Oct. 9, but later said the
announcement was premature and the decision was still being
reviewed. The 250-pound class munition is half the size of the
smallest bomb used by the Air Force today but is designed to
pierce more than four feet of steel-reinforced concrete, like a
much bigger 2,000-pound BLU-109.
(Reuters 06:24 PM ET 10/20/2003)


A strange thought: When's this thing likely to hit the FMS market?

A stramger thought: What's the likely reduction in collateral damage
if this is used in, say, Gaza? (It's a stupid idea (IMHO they'd be
much better off, PR-wise and strategically, using snipers), but
something to consider)

John
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Old October 28th 03, 11:18 AM
Vaughn
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"John Penta" wrote in message
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On Tue, 28 Oct 2003 03:37:19 GMT, Larry Dighera
wrote:

A strange thought: When's this thing likely to hit the FMS market?

A stramger thought: What's the likely reduction in collateral damage
if this is used in, say, Gaza? (It's a stupid idea (IMHO they'd be
much better off, PR-wise and strategically, using snipers), but
something to consider)


At some point, (depending on the specific target) when you have a bomb
so accurate that it can actually hit a target, there may be little need for
it to actually go "bang" to do its job. The jets parked near schools in the
first Iraq war come to mind.

Vaughn



John



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Old October 28th 03, 12:07 PM
Keith Willshaw
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"Vaughn" wrote in message
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"John Penta" wrote in message
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On Tue, 28 Oct 2003 03:37:19 GMT, Larry Dighera
wrote:

A strange thought: When's this thing likely to hit the FMS market?

A stramger thought: What's the likely reduction in collateral damage
if this is used in, say, Gaza? (It's a stupid idea (IMHO they'd be
much better off, PR-wise and strategically, using snipers), but
something to consider)


At some point, (depending on the specific target) when you have a

bomb
so accurate that it can actually hit a target, there may be little need

for
it to actually go "bang" to do its job. The jets parked near schools in

the
first Iraq war come to mind.


in Iraq the RAF and USAF used bombs filled with concrete for
just this reason.

Keith


 




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