Mark 84 bomb

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    Mark 84 bomb - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    USA has dropped 12.000 of these bombs during Desert Storm.
    So to speak a general and cheap "workhorse" to do the job.

    MK84 - Dumb Bombs


    Production cost of Mk84 bomb is 3,100 $.
    USA has JDAM upgrade-kit for these dumb-bombs. Each upgrade-kit for Mk84 bomb costs 70,000 $.
    The JDAM upgrade-kit transforms Mk84 in a precision bomb with an accuracy of 8-10 meters, and it can be thrown in all kind of weather conditions.


    The JDAM upgrade-kit is currently for USA Army in full-rate production till 2014.
    US Army will procure 240,000 upgrade-kits.
    So why is this relevant? Wikipedia article gives a hint in comparing the costs of a Tomahawk cruise-missile and the JDAM upgrade-kit.

    Joint Direct Attack Munition - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    With the JDAM kit you can make the Mk84 (the most powerful in Mk80 class) an equivalent to a Tomahawk for total cost of 73,000 $.
    So there is a price advantage of 1:10 against a Tomahawk.


    Turkey is also customer of JDAM upgrade-kit for Mk84 bomb.
    But we developed our own indigenious upgrade-kit, called HGK.
    If you use HGK with INS and GPS accuracy is at 10 Meters CEP.
    If you use it without GPS then 25 meters accuracy.

    LINK: Turkish JDAM-class weapons: Expanded threat for Greek air defenses : Warfare Sims

    From perspective of Greeks from above link. (Because Greece, as they are the only neighbour with world-class air-defence systems of US Patriot, Russian S-300 and Tor-1):
    Of course Mk84 itself is being produced in Turkey also.
    Produced in Kirikkale Ammunition Factory in Turkey by MKEK
    MKEK - PRODUCT DETAILS


    You can see Mk84 with HGK upgrade being thrown by a Turkish F-4E 2020 Terminator
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhlEr47hzKI]YouTube - Tubitak Hassas Güdüm Kiti- HGSS JDAM[/ame]
     
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    The F-4's can carry more weapons then a F-16.
    F-16 can carry 4 Mk84, F-4 can carry 5 Mk84.

    F-4E-2020 Terminator refers to a structure, avionics and electronics upgrade of F-4 made in cooperation with Israel in the year 2000.
    F-4 Phantom II non-U.S. operators - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    In theory, current F-4s operate behind F-16.
    In future they will operate behind F-35 and F-16, but will be good enough to still throw bombs.
    116 F-35
    240 F-16 CCIP
    195 F-4's each 5 Mk84 = 975 Mk84 in one take-off operation. That is over 2 million pounds of very cheap fire-and-forget precision explosives.

    So F-4's are our bombers, and we will operate them till 2020.


    Not only did Turkey refuse to sign Oslo Process for Cluster Munitions in 2007, we introduced our Cluster Bomb called "Demet", it has steel balls in it.
    Here a mini model version of it:
    http://1.1.1.2/bmi/www.resimbank.org/image-B804_49FD93D9.jpg
    It is for F-4.
     

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