Today’s combat aviator enjoys a wide variety of munitions from which to choose when attacking surface targets. From free fall general purpose bombs, to laser- and GPS-guided weapons, to glide and forward firing rockets, missiles, and guns—the extensive arsenal is full of complex, yet highly effective ordnance.
On this episode, U.S. Navy Commander Colin “Farva” Price explains how pilots choose which weapons to use against which targets and how ‘collateral damage’ concerns are addressed. We step through the various weapons employed by the F/A-18 aircraft series such as Mk 80 and BLU-series warheads, LGBs, JDAM, JSOW, SLAM ER, HARM, Maverick, rockets, and more. We also describe practice munitions used in training before wrapping up with a peek at future weapons coming down the pipeline. And check out the photo of a Super Hornet with 10 Joint Direct Attack Munition. A GPS-guided free-fall bomb available in the 500- / 1,000- / and 2,000-pound classes.!
During the listener question segment, find out what happens when a navy pilot gets fired, what we know about the Top Gun sequel filming, and how military aircraft paint schemes have changed since Vietnam and the tactical significance of aircraft finishes.
Episode artwork by Janek Krause. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot.