Skip to comments.Pirate Boats Can’t Hide From ‘Murica’s Laser-Guided Bombs
Posted on 09/19/2013 6:12:55 AM PDT by artichokegrower
The U.S. Air Force proved this month that laser guided bombs can, in fact, hit moving targets at sea when dropped from supersonic bombers like the B-1B Lancer.
On Sept. 4, a B-1 from the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron took off from Dyess Air Force Base bound for the Gulf of Mexico. Their goal was to better understand and improve their maritime strike capabilities while using a laser guided 500-pound bomb GBU-54, as well as 500 and 2,000-pound joint direct attack munitions.
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The bombs are laser guided not GPS guided . GPS jammer won’t do squat also a GPS jammer is a active transmitter which means that it can pin pointed & killed by a homing anti-radiation missile.
For the Small Diameter Bomb:
Precision inertial navigation system/global positioning system (INS/GPS). Anti-jam GPS and selective-ability anti-spoofing module (SAASM).
“If the GPS signal is jammed or lost, the JDAM can still achieve a 30 meter CEP or less for free flight times up to 100 seconds.”
Selective Availability Anti-spoofing Module (SAASM)
SAASM does not provide any additional anti-jam capability, because it uses exactly the same signal-in-space as current GPS signals (power and modulation). Future GPS upgrades, such as M-Code, will provide anti-jam capabilities.
Deployment of the next generation military signal for GPS, called M-code, commenced with the launch of IIR-M and IIF satellites, beginning in 2005. A complete constellation of 18 satellites with M-code capability is planned for 2016.
Is this some kind of Pirate Day joke?
“millions for defense”
our DOD budget has always been about pirates
When I worked for a Navy contractor I proposed the following name for a system designed to track pirates over the horizon: Advanced Reconnaissance and Ranging Reliant on Geospatial Headings (ARRRGH).
I don’t know why they didn’t use it.
Agreed. Plinkin’ muzzie pirate boats with the guns has gotta be way more fun for our guys then just blowin’ the hell outta them from long range with a missile or bomb.
Costs less to expend 20mm HE cannon rounds, offers training for engaging such objects, and costs less in fuel.
Obviously they didn’t do a proper cost analysis.