Monday, October 22, 2007

Don't count it out yet...

Strategypage reports the Army views the SDB as a dud.

If anyone counts it out, they're being dumb. The SDB was not designed for an insurgency. It's a first-day-of-the-war weapon designed to be used from the F-22 or F-35, designed to allow them to do Very Bad Things to critical targets like radars, SAM launchers, and other targets you want/need to take out so that you can go after the stuff that really matters.

Now, why would counting it out be a mistake? Read an earlier article I did at that site.

When you're done, just think about what could have been, had the Army decided to stick it out with Comanche... just an example.

1 comment:

Ken Prescott said...


The Comanche was doomed from the start because of two problems:

(1) The program office spent inordinate amounts of money on making the thing low-observable on radar when it would spend a large amount of its combat time within visual range of the enemy, and

(2) The thing was designed as an attack bird for a high-intensity war in Central Europe, not as a scout bird for the kinds of operations that were likely to occur after the end of the Cold War.