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Unread post21 Mar 2009, 05:55

I meant warheads of the same size of the one typically fitted to a Slammer but packing a yield of a W25 warhead.

Miniaturization of nuclear warheads is possible these days.
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Unread post21 Mar 2009, 07:01

Who said it wasn't possible? It's just so far off the impractical scale it breaks the meter. Salvos of nuclear tipped AAMs? Nope.
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Unread post21 Mar 2009, 07:33

Maybe the yield of an AIM-120N (nuclear-tipped AIM-120D Slammer) will be much smaller, like 0.5 - 1 kT.
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Unread post21 Mar 2009, 22:45

Nuke-U-ler Slammers? It's been awhile since I've used this one... :wtf:

There are no nuke-tipped AMRAAMs, the Loch Ness Monster is a myth, and Elvis is dead.

The end of F-106 ops also ended Genie ops, and now with the treaties in place with the Russians, I don't see us procuring newer nukes, especially in an AA role.

Also, the US's nuclear policy, is that we are not a "First Strike" nation. We will not launch nukes against another country, unless we have been attacked with NBC warfare first.
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Unread post22 Mar 2009, 10:36

http://www.ausairpower.net/APA-NOTAM-170209-1.html

This article highlights the need for more Raptors.

Although the scenarios are more different, with F-22 Raptors squaring off against Sukhoi Su-35BM Flanker-Es in the Pacific Ocean flown by Russian VVS and ChiCom PLAAF pilots:

For some humorous sarcasm, if you wanna see how they fly their jets, watch this video clip and ping me your opinions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0FmWSmIJ0M
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