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X-37 orbital bomber

June 16 2012 at 11:20 PM
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ruuuumler  (Login ruuuumler)

So, after several months deployed in orbit, the X-37 is back on the ground.

Now ever since the USAF took over the X-37 I've been thinking about what they might be up to with it.

Ever since the 60's, every now and then, the USAF has been day dreaming about having a orbital bomber.

Back then and only until recently it never was really feasible, not because it couldn't be done but because the ammunition carried was just dump and meant that it had to carry a lot to eventually hit something (B-52, Carpet Bombing doctrine).
But the same technology that made the B-52 come back plus the development of UC tecnology might also make such a project really feasible.
Why try to take out enemy SAMs and risk crossing it in order to hit strategic targets if you could drop a payload of smart bombs dead drop from above them. As a strategic bomber it could bring unimaginable advantages. In case of China for example, such a platform could strike strategic targets deep with in China (or any other enemy territory) with yet little risk.

Even deployment cost have gone down with new methods

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I'd like to know your thoughts on that.

This message has been edited by ruuuumler on Jun 17, 2012 2:31 AM

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