174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5095 times:
Hello A.net forum users,
Today our teacher gave me a project do to for my AP. history course to present to the soph. class about the weapons and technology being used on Afghanistan by America and their alli's. Please be serious, I have to present this to 450 kids tomorrow all by myself and she just gave me this project to do today, so I don't want to look like a fool in front of the whole soph. class. And this counts as a huge grade for me!
Westjet_737 From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 863 posts, RR: 6 Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5065 times:
On CNN.com there is a section on weapons, it is under maps/interactivities.
Here is some info from that page...
Type: 5,000-pound laser-guided weapon
Range: More than five nautical miles
Use: Depending on geology, can penetrate earth and rock before exploding
Type: Land attack cruise missile
Range: 1,000 miles (approx.)
Guidance: Uses global positioning system to reach targets
Launch: Launches from ships or submarine torpedo tubes
JSOW (Joint Standoff Weapon)
Type: Air-to-ground smart bomb
Range: 30 miles (approx.)
Guidance: Can use global positioning system to seek targets
Use: Used to attack targets from outside enemy air defenses
Type: Standoff land attack missile (SLAM-ER)
Range: More than 150 miles
Accuracy: Classified - precision attack weapon
Guidance: "Smart" weapon with global positioning system and infra-red seeker, man-in-the-loop control
Type: Air-launched cruise missile
Range: 1,550 miles
Speed: 550 mph
Guidance: Flies at low altitude and relies on global positioning system
Launch: Launches from B-52H and B-1B bombers
JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition)
• Global positioning system guidance kit
• Converts existing free falling bombs into "smart" weapons
Type: 15,000-pound general purpose bomb, no guidance system
Nicknames: Daisy Cutter, Commando Vault, Cheeseburger, Big Blue
Launch: Delivered from high altitudes out of C-130s
History: First used in the Vietnam War, mainly to clear helicopter landing zones
Function: Emits an aluminum powder that ignites, causing explosion
Impact: U.S. Air Force analysis estimates BLU-82 will cause death within 100 to 200 feet from the center of blast; incapacitate people and collapse non-hardened buildings less than 500 feet away; knock down personnel 750 feet away; and shatter glass 2,100 feet away
174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5055 times:
I appreciate this soooo very much guys. Very much. This makes this project that much easier.
You all have helped more then you can imagine. You all took the time to help me, and i am very very thankful. You all made my respected users list. That could mean nothing to you guys, but you helping me means a lot.
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10 Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5035 times:
Just to clear things up, the F-15A-D, the F-16, RAF Tornadoes, and USMC F-18's haven't been used. Other platforms that have been used in Afghanistan include The E-3 Sentry, MH-47 Chinook, HH/MH-60G Black (Pave) Hawk, CH/MH-53J Super Stallion/Pave Low, MC-130E/H Combat Talon, CH-46, and the RQ-1 Predator. Also possible: E-8C (J-STARS), RC-135 Rivet Joint.
Sxmarbury33 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 445 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (12 years 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5019 times:
Do the Rangers really carry 3 main weapons. I could see maybe the M4 and the M24. But the MP5 for CQB im assuming seems like a lot of gear. Instead i would expect more like what the seals do. Maybe 2 MP5 for CQB. two designated snipers and a machine gunner. And the rest with M4's. They would work as a team instad of one guy using three different weapons.
PPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5011 times:
F-16s are bring used, my friend talked to one at the Dubai airshow, he couldn't bring his modern F-16 (they brought a gaurd block 30 instead) because its had to be equiped with the ECM equipment for the fighting.
AC-130s are bring used along with the spec ops version of it.
Oh even though CNN is showing fottage of the maverick we aren't using those anymore.