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  • Herc, an attack plane for every job.

    I've recently read some Idea's on the employment of Hercules as non-penetrating combat aircraft. Most of these ideas where put forward in the 90's by the RAF.

    Hercules F-5 (Yes thats "F" for fighter!)
    In the mid-1990s, a select group of RAF staff officers drew up outline plans for the Air Defence variant (Hercules F5). This entailed installing rotary AMRAAM dispensers under the wings, capable of being mechanically reloaded in flight from additional weapon stocks in the cargo hold. The F5 was intended to operate in conjunction with a dedicated AWACS ac. Long-range target detection would result in the F5 discharging numerous AMRAAM in the general direction of the "incoming raid". AAR would enable the F5/AWACS pair to remain on station for several days
    Hercules Future Offensive Air System
    The Storm Shadow was suggested as part of the RAF's Future Offensive Air System, possibly using a non-penetrating aircraft (e.g. C-130J) deploying large numbers of the missile. The FOAS study was cancelled in 2005, although the Storm Shadow may still be included in future studies.
    So good idea nerfed by bean counters, or the shandy fuelled dreams of a Mover Officer?
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    Considering what these puppies have done in terms of maximum ordnance on target. why not??

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      Spectre Gunship?
      For despite the silly sayings about violence never settling anything, history IS changed on the battlefield: ask the National Socialist German Workers' Party.
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      • #4
        Well you certainly can't criticize the Brits for not thinking "outside the box"
        Any metaphor will tear if stretched over too much reality.

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        • #5
          Here ya go-An AC-130U Spooky Gunship, The Spectres' Newest Brother - the differences are better explained with this LINK AC-130 Gunships

          Eternal War(gaming) Armoured Struggle Car Bob

          History does not record anywhere at any time a religion that has any rational basis.
          Lazarus Long

          Draw the blinds on yesterday and it's all so much scarier....
          David Bowie

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