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Nuclear, Missile and Space Warfare: Q & A

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#41
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So India tests ICBM and Pakistan gets sanctions? Is someone worried we will get into the SLV business?
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Does any of our learned member know what is the significance of a nuclear gravity bomb? Does Pak have any plans on developing one? My personal opinion is Pak should develop one to be able to hit precise target with more accuracy and precision. This would enhance our capabilities manifolds.


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Pak does have 2-3 gravity bombs type.


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Pak does have 2-3 gravity bombs type.

 

You mean nuclear gravity bombs H Khan saahab?



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Not sure what is so special and unique about this.  The nuclear gravity bomb or gravity nuclear bomb is the most basic design of a nuclear weapon.  In other words it is the "free fall" bomb.  Pakistan's nuclear program, and for that matter those of all other countries, started first with the development of gravity nuclear bombs and then other delivery models came about.


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Not sure what is so special and unique about this. The nuclear gravity bomb or gravity nuclear bomb is the most basic design of a nuclear weapon. In other words it is the "free fall" bomb. Pakistan's nuclear program, and for that matter those of all other countries, started first with the development of gravity nuclear bombs and then other delivery models came about.


Maybe the original post meant MOAB type gravity bombs.

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For what purpose?  The USAF has 12 of those on inventory.  To be very honest, one was deployed just because Trump wants to come across as a tough guy.  I am not sure entirely of the efficacy of such munitions besides making a big bang and being used for propaganda purpose.  They can afford to drop such bombs on the inhabitants of another country.  Does Pakistan want to be seen as dropping 12 ton bombs on its own population?  It would send a horrible message.



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For what purpose? The USAF has 12 of those on inventory. To be very honest, one was deployed just because Trump wants to come across as a tough guy. I am not sure entirely of the efficacy of such munitions besides making a big bang and being used for propaganda purpose. They can afford to drop such bombs on the inhabitants of another country. Does Pakistan want to be seen as dropping 12 ton bombs on its own population? It would send a horrible message.


Do you see any application of MOAB type munitions in deterring Cold Start?

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No, it would be a very costly weapon to use against fast moving forces.  Its akin to swatting a fly with a sledgehammer with impact (kill zone) being felt across a mile in all directions.  However usually when armour and infantry (mechanized in this case) move together, they purposely move across a wide frontage quite a few miles apart.  So why expose a slow C-130 aircraft in an environment buzzing with enemy aircraft and mobile air defence units to drop a 12 ton bomb that would not really slow down the advance?  A better use of the same amount of money would be in area denial munitions and cluster bombs with delayed fuses in the class of CBU-105s.  However the reason we don't see Pakistan going for the same is because of the indigenous manufacturing of the slightly older version of cluster munitions in Pakistan.  Indians however have acquired the 105s and those would be a threat to Pakistani formations.

 

For use against hardened positions of a conventional adversary, don't forget that PAF has a very healthy inventory of BLU-109 2000 pound bombs.  Those will defeat most conventionally built up/hardened defences.

 


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