There was an item in the news today about Israel attempting to purchase M26 rockets from the US (227mm MLRS rocket, cluster bomb warhead, unguided)
for use against Hezbollah rocket launchers.
Buy a GPS guided round and then give it better TLE assurity/update with whatever followons to the Mastif/Scout systems of 1982 they now have available
(Heron?). I would also recommend a heavy investment in robotic UGBs (like Terminator HKs) so that, now that the sheep have nominally fled the smaller
towns, you can send in unmanned patrols to slaughter the heroic shahiden. Maybe even take a few pictures of them enjoying the fruits of their plunder
'by default'. Israel are collectively such a bunch of idealistic fools for not counterexploiting human nature this way. Make these common men
'holy warriors' FEAR being alone. And then show how debased they act when they are forced to live with that fear and particularly the thought of
going to Allah at the muzzle of a robot which was never alive to be called an infidel.
Cluster munitions have a reputation for being extremely effective against sof-skinned area targets such as rocket launchers and other artillery
positions. The downside is the high dud rate (UXO = unexploded ordinance)... you're effectivley "minning" the area you attack. This is bad news for
anyone who tries to enter the area after an attack - both civilians and your own troops.
Too Damn Bad. I've seen pictures of 'Israeli Girls Signing Artillery Shells' and 'Palestinian Boys Bringing Water to Hezbollah Rebels.'
The only point of either of which is that the stupid should die together to make it easier for the smart to inherit what they leave behind.
Combatants and civies do not belong in the same frame. Once they are, _whatever_ kills them is no longer the driving 'moral factor'. Only that
they chose to stand together to begin with.
This is a war to a finish and ONLY as soon as we stop pretending otherwise, will we be able to setup the opening moves to reach the endgame on our
The US Army actually stopped manufacturing cluster munition warheads for its 227mm rockets because they couldn't get the dud rate below "acceptable
The Mine Treaty is moronic. IEDs are nothing if not antipersonnel mines, even if the charges are sometimes HUGE. Indeed, nobody hurls Geneva or
Hague articles at the insurgents when a triggered device goes off, killing innumerable civillians in a market or playground. If we mined the crap out
of every Iraqi highway and installation as an approach/area denial measure, would we be equally guilty of using 'excessive force' because the threat
has to _come to us_ to get popped?
Wars are about assassination and murder, the only real sign of morality is inherent to you doing your best to keep YOUR side's innocents from
unnecessary death by staying the hell away from them as a military force. As soon as they admit to being weaker by hiding within a collateral mass,
the only thing you can do is PUT PRESSURE on that exact point of collocation so that the threat doesn't develop a habit of increasing the death count
under the mistaken belief that they are saving a few effectives.
Indeed, the more you hurt the other side's collaterals, either because their so called 'warriors' hide among them like goats between the sheep. Or
as a direct attack on home and hearth logistics (the way we beat back the Native Americans into eternal POW status), the faster you convince both
enemy and civillian CSS elements that their paths must separate back into discrete forces so that they cease losing their POLITICAL JUSTIFICATION FOR
FIGHTING as fast as they are the cheerleading and logistics support. Only a moron would fail to see the present campaign as anything but what it
Let them yell. Hope that they yell LOUDLY enough to hear themselves and put 1+1 together in returning those soldiers or their bodies before their
voice fades from history.
So first question: Is there an alternative to cluster weapons? Either air-burst warheads (i.e. 250lb bomb wired to a proximity fuze) or some alternate
"area weapon" that could be as effective against those kinds of targets?
While there are multiple 'electronic' fuzes in existence (every thimble nosed 500lb bomb with an FMU-139 is effectively an airburst weapon), this
isn't the appropriate question. The questions you need to answer are:
3. Number of Aimpoints In A Given Sized The Target Matrix.
If I wanted to destroy a threat whose precise location I was not sure of, I would do so by saturating it's area of operation so that it couldn't
function any more than I could. This costs however since I am essentially creating a 'deliberate minefield' )(shock, horror, they act like
assassins and can't go back to planting olives the next day).
Short of this, I would cover the area with both air and ground apertures and then track ALL movement. This means piped bandwidth and intelligent
display of perhaps a 1,000 sensors. Also not cheap.
The goal of the above would be to find not just the launchers but _their operating cycles_ as they are being reloaded. Thereafter to engage the crews
as much as the tube. Preferably from less than the time it takes an artillery network to be handed coordinates and send a shell downrange.
Obviously, if they are using single rockets from single holes, several hundred feet apart (think fireworks mortars), you need to consider the
possibility that no practical amount of clustering will cover the entire footprint and so you may need to record locations and engage them
individually with the _smallest_ payload possible. Both to allow for multiple attacks from a given munition/sortie system and to enable at least a
few load crews to be splatterd all over the faces of those whose hospitality they return to 'after a hard days work'. Making examples in a fashion
which is sure to get the word out: "Don't get close to them, they are marked by the Israelis as well as by God!".
The obvious candidate for this being a UAV/Viper Strike combo but the VSM (which is powered with an alternative autonomous homing system) and
SMACM/Dominator could also apply. As would a 'true UCAV' with the heavier GBU-39. None of which the so-clever Israelis have seen fit to fund on
their own apparently.
Second question: can we build a more "reliable/safe" cluster/sub-munition (safe = only kills the people we want to kill)? I could see eliminating
the danger of UXO making these weapons less controversial.
CBU-107 PAWS. When we went into Iraq in 2003, we avoided a repeat of the ODS incident (moron EOD teams 'dozer pile' unexploded ADEN bomblets on an
airfield only to get themselves super-fragged when one or two finally timed off) by switching to inert flechettes to shut down some airports and
retain an anti-TEL capability in urban collateral conditions. They are generally safe (not toxically coated or too hard to spot) when walked around
but their kinetic impact remains sufficient to destroy rockets and launch tubes on initial impact.
Mind you, 3,750 'nails' is not an inconsiderable amount of cleanup on it's own.
Some ideas for "safing" cluster munitions:
* Use TATB,
a chemical explosive that's nearly impossible to detonate accidentaly (shock/friction
sensitivity is listed as "none"). This should reduce the threat of UXO by eliminating the risk of accidental detonations.