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Old November 19th 03, 04:25 PM
phil hunt
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Default Airbus to move further into military AC inc Heavy Bombers

On Wed, 19 Nov 2003 08:49:27 -0000, Mycroft wrote:
According to the Financial Times Airbus want to expand further into the
military field, they have even done studies on how they could produce
bombers based on their civil aircraft.


I get an image of someone throwing a Storm Shadow out the
back of an A400M.

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Old November 19th 03, 06:50 PM
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The P-3 and Nimrod both started out as airliners, so it's perfectly
feasible. I'd be very suprised if Boeing isn't pitching a 'bomb truck'
civil-based aircraft to the Pentagon at the moment.

Matt

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According to the Financial Times Airbus want to expand further into the
military field, they have even done studies on how they could produce
bombers based on their civil aircraft.

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Old November 19th 03, 07:26 PM
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In article ,
phil hunt wrote:
On Wed, 19 Nov 2003 08:49:27 -0000, Mycroft wrote:
According to the Financial Times Airbus want to expand further into the
military field, they have even done studies on how they could produce
bombers based on their civil aircraft.


I get an image of someone throwing a Storm Shadow out the
back of an A400M.


*I'm* getting the image of the "triple threat"[1] A380 gunship..

[1] Bomb you. Shoot you. Land on you [2]
[2] Gavin Bull, IIRC.

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Old November 19th 03, 08:42 PM
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After the dust settles it will probably become apparent that no one today
has a need for a big bomber carrying many bombs. The problem today is the
penetration of complex air defenses to strike selected pinpoint targets.
There is really not much need for hauling as many bombs as possible over a
target nowadays. also airliners are probably too big and bulky to meet
today's low observables criteria

WDA



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According to the Financial Times Airbus want to expand further into the
military field, they have even done studies on how they could produce
bombers based on their civil aircraft.

Myc

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Old November 19th 03, 09:20 PM
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I get an image of someone throwing a Storm Shadow out the
back of an A400M.


During the Falklands War, the Argies put bombs aboard a transport and
rolled them out the back in an ineffectual attempt to bomb the QE2.
They didn't come near it, but they did send her scurrying back to
England. Or so a crewman on the boat told me.

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Old November 19th 03, 09:23 PM
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There is really not much need for hauling as many bombs as possible over a
target nowadays. also airliners are probably too big and bulky to meet
today's low observables criteria


Still, it's nice to have options. Very few Air Force types believed
that the army really needed the A-10 Warthog, or at least not enough
to send the poor thing into harm's way. Who could have foreseen in
1985 that there would come a time when the opposition had had no air
force to speak of?

We need precision bombers now. That may not always be the case, and we
may not always have the B-52 at our disposal.

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Old November 19th 03, 09:41 PM
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On Wed, 19 Nov 2003 16:20:50 -0500, Cub Driver wrote:

I get an image of someone throwing a Storm Shadow out the
back of an A400M.


During the Falklands War, the Argies put bombs aboard a transport and
rolled them out the back in an ineffectual attempt to bomb the QE2.
They didn't come near it, but they did send her scurrying back to
England. Or so a crewman on the boat told me.


I heard a variant of that story -- they were using a Hercules to
bomb British troop positions. The Argies were using dumb bombs, but
modern ordnance such as Storm Shadow can guide itself, which makes
it a more practical proposition.

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Old November 19th 03, 10:08 PM
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In message , Cub Driver
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During the Falklands War, the Argies put bombs aboard a transport and
rolled them out the back in an ineffectual attempt to bomb the QE2.
They didn't come near it, but they did send her scurrying back to
England. Or so a crewman on the boat told me.


They never got near the QE2.

They _did_ hit the Liberian-flagged tanker _Hercules_ with an UXB
dropped from an Argentine C-130: unfortunately, the tanker had nothing
to do with the war (one version has it she was on an Argentinean charter
at the time)

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Old November 19th 03, 10:18 PM
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On or about Wed, 19 Nov 2003 16:20:50 -0500, Cub Driver
allegedly uttered:


I get an image of someone throwing a Storm Shadow out the
back of an A400M.


During the Falklands War, the Argies put bombs aboard a transport and
rolled them out the back in an ineffectual attempt to bomb the QE2.
They didn't come near it, but they did send her scurrying back to
England. Or so a crewman on the boat told me.


He's either mistaken or stringing you along.

The QE2 never went near the Islands (closest she got was South
Georgia) as she was deemed too valuable (read embarrassing) to lose.
And she didn't return until after the war.

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