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John_H Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-27-04 11:55 PM
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21. The smart bombs aren't as smart as they think, but they sure make boeing $

" A Boeing official explains: "JDAM is not GPS guided, it is GPS aided, and the IMU on there is so good that once it has data transferred from the aircraft, it is extremely accurate with GPS denied." CEP (margin of error)using the IMU is said to be about twice that with GPS assistance, which is acceptable for larger munitions, ...

Translation: If the GPS doesn't work we just use bombs big enough to dismember anybody within a few humdered meters anyway.

"The US Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps originally planned to acquire a total of over 87,000 JDAM kits from Boeing, with total program cost of over $2 billion USD. Over 30,000 had been built into the fall of 2002, and a total of 70,000 have been funded for delivery into 2004. The US military has been so enthusiastic about the weapon that their total buy may reach about 250,000, and there has been talk of eliminating unguided bombs entirely from the inventory. Unit price for a JDAM kit is about $18,000 USD in 1999 dollars, though original estimates had set it at $40,000 USD.

Every bomb chimp drops in iraq about 20 average senior citizens could be recieve full prescription drug coverage for one year. That's, what, 5 million people for the full billion dollar bomb buy. And that's just one weapon system.
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