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    Why would aircraft use iron bombs instead of guided missiles or standoff weapons? Not necessarily carrier based and not necessarily naval targets. But likely naval targets or naval base targets.
    AHIKS - Play by (E)mail board wargaming since 1965.
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    Bombs are cheaper and with today's delivery systems, they are plenty accurate. They also generally carry a larger warhead.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by johns624 View Post
      Bombs are cheaper and with today's delivery systems, they are plenty accurate. They also generally carry a larger warhead.
      And you can store them for a long time and not have to worry about mechanism's/circuits degrading. You can keep iron bombs in quite simple even crude storage and still be relatively sure they will work which is not the case with some sophisticated missile systems
      Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
      Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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      • #4
        Missiles are vulnerable to ECM (electronic countermeasures).
        Leadership is the ability to rise above conventional wisdom.

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        • #5
          In cases where the missile may cost substantially more than the target there probably has to be a very good reason why one need near certainty with hitting the target first time to justify using a missile rather than an iron bomb. This will often apply when fighting a low tech enemy.
          Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
          Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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          • #6
            Agree. it's the economy of force principle of war.
            Leadership is the ability to rise above conventional wisdom.

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            • #7
              Thanks gents.
              AHIKS - Play by (E)mail board wargaming since 1965.
              The Blitz - Play by Email computer wargaming.

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