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#1 sniper1946

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 09:59 PM

the ww1 sperry aerial torpedo..you can see the likeness:rolleyes:;)
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Posted 23 January 2010 - 10:20 PM

And let us not forget the "Kettering Bug", the auto system the V1 employed with great effect.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 10:33 PM

thanks clint...

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 10:49 PM

Taking the usual side and fall winds into account, how were these 40hp “cruise missiles” ever to hit a pre-designated target?

I find it hard to believe that an "auto pilot" system in these days could have leveled out these occurences. Especially since these wind issues were impossible to be determined over enemy territory 50-80 km away.

Propably the first cruise missile launcher would have been the Roman Ballistas with the Javalin being the cruise missile :D and those buggers had a fantastic accuracy too.

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 11:31 AM

I remember Goliath getting one in the eye from one of the first cruise type implements.
Talking of cruise type ordinance, does anyone have any info on whether we still have cruise nukes in our armanents.

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#6 Mussolini

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 12:19 PM

I would imagine we do, despite what the government might tell the public...pretty useful to launch them from a submarine afterall! :rolleyes:

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