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To: cunning_fish

That does sound weird. I’m assuming more than one was dropped? What kind of bomb would a helicopter drop, I guess they weren’t worried about the effects of the blast damaging the copters or something?


3 posted on 09/01/2012 11:04:42 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

“I guess they weren’t worried about the effects of the blast damaging the copters or something?”

Syria started the conflict with something in the neighborhood of 40 attack helicopters and 60 heavy lift helicopters. Last I heard they were down to about 20 attacks, due mostly to maintenance and spare parts issues. They’ve been using the heavy lift helos to deliver supplies as the roads are mostly impassible to government supplies. If they’re using the heavy lifters to drop bombs then that is done from high altitude to avoid ground fire. But this indicates they have either lost more attack helicopters (probably to spare parts issues) or the attacks they have are over-taxed. Using the urgently needed heavy lift helicopters indicates that somebody, somewhere is going without needed supplies. The bombing is an indication of weakness and desperation. Also, tactically, how effective is a bomb of this nature? The effect will be mostly wasted as there probably aren’t many targets worthy of such a large device.


16 posted on 09/02/2012 5:19:58 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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