Singha wrote:LGB cannot have have the kind of impact the B52s had on the shomali plain, dropping perhaps 50-100 bombs each.
artillery and heavy bombers bring a lot heat to the fight and can sustain it on low cost/round.
for well id'ed point targets (storage sites, airbases, vehicle parks) I agree that LGBs do have a good role. but if one is looking to inflict the maximum chaos or open a channel some KMs wide for a breakthrough, then the story begins and ends with massed artillery, followed by tanks & infantry moving forward under air cover.
GD, I suggest you read the massive USAF study n Allied Bombing in Europe or the UAF study on Bombing Vietnam.
Bottom line upfront its pretty useless unless its for ego.
Unless the bomb lands on the target its just a big fire cracker.
Then add the dud rate of the fuzes all it does is add to aftermath clean up.
Instead of salivating over Youtube Videos one should look at the opponents and designate the right type of ordnance.
One lesson from Kargil was the intruders hiding in sangers etc.
To defeat them, the 500 kg GP bomb with pellets was designed as the pellets ricocheting kills them.
The IA wants to go full 155mm with electronic fuzes.
Next will be the PGK type fuze to improve effectiveness and reduce logistics.