I had no clue how big this beast was, it’s a monster and apparently fits in the internal bay of a JSF C-model. This is going to give the Navy a stealthy stand-off air-launched cruise missile. This is going to change a few things for the Pacific if the Navy can deep strike a target without going into an air defense envelope.
Makes me wonder how long it’ll be before our brothers and sisters in Australia using the Hornet will be asking, “Would you mind terribly if we have a few of those?”
It’s cool and everything but JSOW-ER? Remember the days when missiles had names like Harpoon and Tomahawk? Polaris, Posideon and Trident? Terrier, Talos and Tartar? Where has the romance gone? I weep for the future.
It’s been decades and we still never gave the AMRAAM an official name, let alone the ALCMs.
However, when was the last time anyone used the official names for anything? Did ANYONE call the B-1 a Lancer? The F-16 a Fighting Falcon? Even the Hornet is just called a Bug, so I think the F-15 was the last plane whose bestowed name was actually used.
Yeah, that’s official stuff. But very few have their formal names used informally as well. Calling a 117 a Nighthawk? An A-10 a Thunderbolt?
In other words, what is the point of giving them official names anyway? The designations seem more than sufficient until the ones that actually use them hang their “callsigns” onto them. The official names more often than not seem a waste of time and effort.
Aty this point in the game, why havent we just decided to pack drones with explosive and Kamikaze them into stuff, Kinda the ultimate JSOW, Some dude in Vegas steering a “bomb” into a cave in Afghanistan.