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(Daily Mail)   U.S. Air Force shows they can park a 2,000lb bomb in a pirate's pocket from altitude without killing a single fish. (w/ amazing pics)   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 110
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2013-09-19 12:03:01 AM
Floating silently in the Gulf of Mexico on September 4, the boat looked far from threatening. But metres away, a B1 was creeping into the air, armed with a laser-guided GBU-10.

I know they said it was a toy boat, but what kind of scale are we talking about here?
 
2013-09-19 12:16:29 AM

fusillade762: Floating silently in the Gulf of Mexico on September 4, the boat looked far from threatening. But metres away, a B1 was creeping into the air, armed with a laser-guided GBU-10.

I know they said it was a toy boat, but what kind of scale are we talking about here?


It's the Daily Fail, so take anything with a grain of salt.  By "toy boat", they meant "remote controlled boat"... the GBU-10 Paveway is 14' 4" long, according to Wikipedia, so that's a good-sized boat, somewhere around 25' I'd guess.
 
2013-09-19 12:34:46 AM

fusillade762: Floating silently in the Gulf of Mexico on September 4, the boat looked far from threatening. But metres away, a B1 was creeping into the air, armed with a laser-guided GBU-10.

I know they said it was a toy boat, but what kind of scale are we talking about here?


B1s do not creep.
 
2013-09-19 12:51:56 AM
i.dailymail.co.uk
This looks 'shopped...
 
2013-09-19 01:20:55 AM
The stunt sparked a torrent of jokes on Twitter.

I know it's the daily fail, but for fark sakes....now one cares about twitter other than the media. aiat doesn't need to be mentioned in ever farking story you publish.
 
2013-09-19 02:24:36 AM

log_jammin: The stunt sparked a torrent of jokes on Twitter.

I know it's the daily fail, but for fark sakes....now one cares about twitter other than the media. aiat doesn't need to be mentioned in ever farking story you publish.


What do you mean now?
 
2013-09-19 03:42:50 AM
Yarr the daily fail continues to be scarce on the details. <b>Subby</b> should walk the plank.
 
2013-09-19 03:43:28 AM
Yarr I need to be rememberin' not to be drinking this early on Talk like a Pirate Day. Back to Davy Jones Locker with me.
 
2013-09-19 03:45:01 AM
America is the world's strongest military super power.

And don't you forget it.
 
2013-09-19 03:45:56 AM
It's a boat. To use a Larry Niven prhase, it could be a flying crowbar.  Just about 1 pound of mass with directing fins and gizmos to find the target from GPS or lazer targeting..  Punch through the hull, or better, the engine, and it's gone.

Hell, the boat's pretty little.  Prolly get taken by some of them pirate types, y'know?
 
2013-09-19 03:47:43 AM

Weatherkiss: Yarr the daily fail continues to be scarce on the details. <b>Subby</b> should walk the plank.


ak.imgfarm.com
 
2013-09-19 03:49:06 AM
i44.tinypic.com

// habituary
 
2013-09-19 03:49:34 AM
Yar, Thar be free donuts at Krispy Kreme today for 'Talk Like A Pirate Day'! One free donut if ye talk like a pirate and a box of a dozen glazed donuts.... Arrr, if ye dress like a pirate!
 
2013-09-19 03:52:55 AM

Aquapope: Hell, the boat's pretty little. Prolly get taken by some of them pirate types, y'know?


F-35:   $150,000,000
Smart Bomb: $25,000
Target: $2500

From the Fail: And one man joked: 'Yay! Good guys win!'

Dubious, good guys are doing stuff like working as doctors, teachers, or keeping the shi'it flowing down the sewers.
 
2013-09-19 03:54:23 AM
AAAARRRRR Ya sure?
 
2013-09-19 03:56:11 AM
I'm all about the pirate exercises...
gymheroes.com
 
2013-09-19 04:02:17 AM
You know, they probably could have gotten away with a 500 lb bomb.

Or a Phalanx CIWS.


Or done another test fire of LAWS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_Weapon_System) - which is a really neat system.
 
2013-09-19 04:07:08 AM

fusillade762: Floating silently in the Gulf of Mexico on September 4, the boat looked far from threatening. But metres away, a B1 was creeping into the air, armed with a laser-guided GBU-10.

I know they said it was a toy boat, but what kind of scale are we talking about here?


fusillade762: Floating silently in the Gulf of Mexico on September 4, the boat looked far from threatening. But metres away, a B1 was creeping into the air, armed with a laser-guided GBU-10.

I know they said it was a toy boat, but what kind of scale are we talking about here?


www.bath-toys.org.uk
 
2013-09-19 04:12:54 AM

mithras_angel: You know, they probably could have gotten away with a 500 lb bomb.

Or a Phalanx CIWS.


Or done another test fire of LAWS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_Weapon_System) - which is a really neat system.


Hell, a non-explosive kinetic device dropped from any height would just punch a hole in the bottom of the boat.
 
2013-09-19 04:12:58 AM
Reminded me of corporations dropping rocks from orbit.
 
2013-09-19 04:15:12 AM

mithras_angel: You know, they probably could have gotten away with a 500 lb bomb.

Or a Phalanx CIWS.


Or done another test fire of LAWS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_Weapon_System) - which is a really neat system.


Or they could give them a hostage, but have their guts surgically packed with C4.  They'd think everything was cool, then surprise!  Blammo!  Surgical strike!

/Yeah, whatever!  I also liked the idea of cats flying bombs, so sue me!
 
2013-09-19 04:15:13 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x341]
This looks 'shopped...


There are pictures, near my desk, of an missile zeroing in on an orange traffic cone in the middle of the desert.

They're three consecutive shots from an extremely high speed camera.

Shot 1 - Missile just above the cone.
Shot 2 - Missile hitting the cone.
Shot 3 - Explosion.

A quick GIS doesn't show it, so it was probably a promotional photo from Raytheon, but it's very possible to get that kind of imagery.
 
2013-09-19 04:18:07 AM
You try to throw 2000 pounds of junk in the Gulf and see what happens.
 
2013-09-19 04:18:09 AM

mithras_angel: MaudlinMutantMollusk: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x341]
This looks 'shopped...

There are pictures, near my desk, of an missile zeroing in on an orange traffic cone in the middle of the desert.

They're three consecutive shots from an extremely high speed camera.

Shot 1 - Missile just above the cone.
Shot 2 - Missile hitting the cone.
Shot 3 - Explosion.

A quick GIS doesn't show it, so it was probably a promotional photo from Raytheon, but it's very possible to get that kind of imagery.

~
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.... or it was possibly 'shopped.
 
2013-09-19 04:20:10 AM

vrax: mithras_angel: You know, they probably could have gotten away with a 500 lb bomb.

Or a Phalanx CIWS.


Or done another test fire of LAWS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_Weapon_System) - which is a really neat system.

Or they could give them a hostage, but have their guts surgically packed with C4.  They'd think everything was cool, then surprise!  Blammo!  Surgical strike!

/Yeah, whatever!  I also liked the idea of cats flying bombs, so sue me!


i.qkme.me
 
2013-09-19 04:28:33 AM

Wake Up Sheeple: Reminded me of corporations dropping rocks from orbit.


They never progressed to CEOs.  Bummer!

mithras_angel: MaudlinMutantMollusk: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x341]
This looks 'shopped...

There are pictures, near my desk, of an missile zeroing in on an orange traffic cone in the middle of the desert.

They're three consecutive shots from an extremely high speed camera.

Shot 1 - Missile just above the cone.
Shot 2 - Missile hitting the cone.
Shot 3 - Explosion.

A quick GIS doesn't show it, so it was probably a promotional photo from Raytheon, but it's very possible to get that kind of imagery.


We've been able to get amazing high speed shots for a long time now:  http://www.damninteresting.com/rapatronic-nuclear-photographs/
 
2013-09-19 05:25:33 AM
i915.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-19 05:31:05 AM

vrax: Wake Up Sheeple: Reminded me of corporations dropping rocks from orbit.

They never progressed to CEOs.  Bummer!

mithras_angel: MaudlinMutantMollusk: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x341]
This looks 'shopped...

There are pictures, near my desk, of an missile zeroing in on an orange traffic cone in the middle of the desert.

They're three consecutive shots from an extremely high speed camera.

Shot 1 - Missile just above the cone.
Shot 2 - Missile hitting the cone.
Shot 3 - Explosion.

A quick GIS doesn't show it, so it was probably a promotional photo from Raytheon, but it's very possible to get that kind of imagery.

We've been able to get amazing high speed shots for a long time now:  http://www.damninteresting.com/rapatronic-nuclear-photographs/


Cool link, cheers
 
2013-09-19 05:42:43 AM
At least the fish were ok.
 
2013-09-19 06:04:49 AM
so they could get it into, say, Justin Bieber's pocket?
 
2013-09-19 06:09:44 AM
"Journalists" of the world: Some day you're going to look back at putting Twitter comments in the body of your article and cringe. Just stop. Stop, like - now.
 
2013-09-19 06:12:11 AM
Question: It's an expensive piece of equipment, would the Air-Force then go on to try and retrieve it from the ocean floor?
 
2013-09-19 06:18:40 AM
$24,000 a pop? Enjoy being rescued, rich people.
 
2013-09-19 06:18:41 AM

dai the flu: Question: It's an expensive piece of equipment, would the Air-Force then go on to try and retrieve it from the ocean floor?


Uh, no. Salvage operations are quite expensive, even if the water were shallow enough to make them feasible, and that laser guidance unit (which is the bulk of the cost) isn't worth much as scrap once it's been used.
 
2013-09-19 06:23:15 AM

mbillips: dai the flu: Question: It's an expensive piece of equipment, would the Air-Force then go on to try and retrieve it from the ocean floor?

Uh, no. Salvage operations are quite expensive, even if the water were shallow enough to make them feasible, and that laser guidance unit (which is the bulk of the cost) isn't worth much as scrap once it's been used.


Thanks for answering. Makes perfect sense, but I had to ask since there was no "ka-boom."
 
2013-09-19 06:26:51 AM
Try to say 'toy boat' 5 times quickly.
 
2013-09-19 06:30:39 AM
congrats on doing it once

$24000/shot?  i'm sure lockhead/raytheon/whoever welcomes this article with a warm wallet.
 
2013-09-19 06:30:54 AM
Dyess Air Base

Hometown team! Good work guys!
 
2013-09-19 06:31:47 AM
Why? Because fark you, that's why.
 
2013-09-19 06:40:59 AM
I know this was a demonstration or whatever, but isn't using a farking B1 and smart bomb to swat pirate boats a serious case of using a sledgehammer on ants?  Is that seriously being proposed as a solution against modern piracy?
 
2013-09-19 06:44:13 AM

Whole Wheat: Why? Because fark you, that's why.


The whole operation is PR to try to keep the Air Force relevant without an occupation to support (with any luck, we're out of the occupation business after 2014). Since the only expected operations for the foreseeable future are sea-based, involving the Navy and Marine Corps (either quick strikes or supporting counter insurgency ops from the sea), the Air Force wants to play, too. There's been a B-1 loitering around the sky over Afghanistan 24/7, pooping out precision-guided bombs wherever ground commanders requested, but after we leave Afghanistan, it's just going back to garrison and training duty, unless the Navy will play along.
 
2013-09-19 06:46:27 AM

Wodan11: I know this was a demonstration or whatever, but isn't using a farking B1 and smart bomb to swat pirate boats a serious case of using a sledgehammer on ants?  Is that seriously being proposed as a solution against modern piracy?


No. The Daily Fail inserted the pirate stuff. The Air Force release doesn't mention it.
 
2013-09-19 06:50:22 AM

dai the flu: mbillips: dai the flu: Question: It's an expensive piece of equipment, would the Air-Force then go on to try and retrieve it from the ocean floor?

Uh, no. Salvage operations are quite expensive, even if the water were shallow enough to make them feasible, and that laser guidance unit (which is the bulk of the cost) isn't worth much as scrap once it's been used.

Thanks for answering. Makes perfect sense, but I had to ask since there was no "ka-boom."


Even with no kaboom, it's still scrap.  That's a lot of high-end optics and electronics, things that don't take a terminal velocity fall very well at all.

As this was meant to note, we can put a bomb some place with pinpoint accuracy.  I know the JDAM guidance package using GPS is in style now in the military, but laser guided munitions still have their place when you need accuracy to less than a meter (as was during the Gulf War, when we sent laser guided bombs down chimneys and such, GPS guided bombs are super accurate, but down to that pinpoint is a little much even for them.)

Of course, while expensive, it's actually cheaper than the old way.  In World War II we needed something like 500 bomber sorties to destroy a target, because we were just carpet bombing the place.  The Norden Bombsight was good, but it wasn't THAT good.  By Vietnam that number had dropped to around 20.  By the Gulf War and later, when these weapons were available, we could do it in 1 or 2 flights.

So, that one $27,000 bomb did the work that several hundred bomber flights would have been required to accomplish back in WWII, or around two dozen would have been required to do in Vietnam.  The per-unit cost is higher, but the total cost in munitions, manpower and time to achieve the objective is lower.
 
2013-09-19 06:52:05 AM
USAF. Bringing the country closer to bankruptcy, one bomb at a time.
 
2013-09-19 07:02:59 AM
Some things to keep in mind:

*If that's a Mk84 2000 pound bomb (I think it is based on the size of the bomb versus the boat) When it goes off, the LETHAL radius of that beast is about 300 meters.  So you drop one on an incoming swarm of, oh, let's make up a name and call them "Iranian" speedboats, you're going to whack a couple at a time.

*The SNIPER targeting pod on a B-1 can target and launch multiple weapons at a time.   Assuming we have properly armed and equipped birds on station, it's possible to smother a swarm attack.  That's a big assumption, but it gives those imaginary "Iranians" something to think about.

And BTW the pic is very, very possible.  There's one out there from the tests of the old Pershing II years ago showing the warhead about to strike an outhouse-sized shack built on the target bullseye.

/The More You Know
 
2013-09-19 07:09:10 AM

Dahnkster: I'm all about the pirate exercises...
[gymheroes.com image 768x576]


12oz curls?

Thats a wee tankard ya be havin there boyo.
 
2013-09-19 07:12:16 AM
That's a bomb in a hull.
 
2013-09-19 07:18:16 AM
Floating silently in the Gulf of Mexico on September 4, the boat looked far from threatening.
But metres away, a B1 was creeping into the air, armed with a laser-guided GBU-10.


Big farkin' deal.  Even I could hit a boat like that from mere meters away.
 
2013-09-19 07:22:47 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x341]
This looks 'shopped...


SOmeone replace the bomb with a shark or that cat leaping into the air instead...
 
2013-09-19 07:23:10 AM
I would have expected a 2000# bomb to have a larger explosion; it looked to me like that was a dummy bomb and just the impact destroyed the boat.
 
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