31 Jan '17, 5pm

Long-Range Strike: ‘More Potent,’ More Survivable https://t.co/Bu4hw8gtxM

Long-Range Strike: ‘More Potent,’ More Survivable https://t.co/Bu4hw8gtxM

The 1986 raid required 77 aircraft and two aircraft carrier battle groups. The 2017 attack required 17 manned aircraft (2 bombers, 15 tankers) plus a small number of MQ-9 drones. To deliver 108 weapons with fighters today operating from carriers or regional bases would require about two-dozen fighters and about the same number of tankers. This illustrates the value of long range and large payload—massed precision punch from a small number of aircraft. The B-2 attack only put four people at risk compared to the over five-dozen aircrew that flew in harm’s way in 1986. In 1986, just 16 percent of the weapons were precision-guided, compared to 100 percent in the 2017 raid. Precision weapons are 15-30 times more effective than unguided weapons. So, while the 1986 attack delivered more weapons, the 108 precision weapons delivered by the B-2 provided greater overall effectiveness...

Full article: http://breakingdefense.com/2017/01/long-range-strike-more...

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