Started by KJ_Lesnick, April 07, 2011, 05:35:50 PM
Quote from: Hobbes on April 08, 2011, 12:59:18 AMThat may have had more to do with reluctance to use nuclear warheads than range considerations.
Quote from: rickshaw on April 08, 2011, 08:07:31 AM<...> The target only has to detect the initial radar lock on to know that a launch is likely and so it starts manoeuvring then,<....>
Quote from: ChernayaAkula on April 08, 2011, 09:31:47 AMQuote from: rickshaw on April 08, 2011, 08:07:31 AM<...> The target only has to detect the initial radar lock on to know that a launch is likely and so it starts manoeuvring then,<....>Tactics should make up for that. Tomcat crews probably knew precisely at what ranges they could attack such-and-such target flying at such-and-such speeds. So they didn't launch the Phoenix at 100 miles against a Tu-16, but at 80. Even that should give the Phoenix ample time to catch the Badger. Also, doing a 180 in a bomber at attack speeds also takes time and bleeds off airspeed. Airspeed that will have to be picked up again. Even a dashing Tu-22M will take some time to get up to speed. Once it is at speed, any hard manoeuvring is out of the question. Some Iraqi Foxbats may have had luck outrunning a Phoenix, but that's something I'd only try once. By the second time, the Tomcat crew will hold-off firing a bit longer, allowing the missile to get into range. And a Mach 2.5+ Foxbat also isn't that manoeuvrable.
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