MIL When a fighter pilot goes on a bombing run, does the computer do all the work?

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  1. Ghostrider4450

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    I was watching the History channel about the Israeli's bombing Egypt and I started to wonder. When a pilot in a modern aircraft goes on a guided bombing run, does he actually have to pull the trigger at a certain time or does the computer take over and eventually release the payload at the right moment?
     
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    haha im watching that right now too :bowdown:
     
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    Pretty sweet program. Israeli's are badass though. :bowdown:
     
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    I don't know about current fighter aircraft, but the F4 had a very basic computer that did the math to compute when the pilot needed to release, based on speed, distance, attitude, etc. He still had to line the shot up and all, but it was definitely better than having no computer at all.
     
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    Yeah, that was kind of what I was thinking, but I wasnt sure if the computer actually released the payload, or the pilot. :bigthumb:
     
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    The computer for unguided bombs is called the 'Pipper" ( Point of Impact Projection ) which is what they were using back then. The pilot or weapon guy has to always pull the trigger. The British had a system set in the early 90s that as long as the pilot pointed at the target and essentially pulled up, as the PIP passed the programmed target the computer would actually release the bomb at the perfect time to have it hit correctly. That was a great tool for almost smart bomb action from a dumb bomb.
     
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    They have both options these days.
     

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