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GBU 38s can hit targets through cloud cover can't they?

I tried that on the Serpents Head mission but it didn't work

I sett he target as a point track then climbed above the clouds to avoid MANPADs, I even got a peek at the target through the clouds on the run in so I know I was still on. But it missed.

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Did you set your point as a SPI?

 

GBU-38 are satellite guided, not laser guided. You need to feed it target location before release - after that it goes to the SPI. If the target moved - it'll go to where the target was, not where it is.

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Maybe I was only using the point track and not a SPI

I'll have to try it again

 

That's a fun mission. Although why would your FAC smoke mark a terrorist leader target for a surprise GBU attack? "Hey why's there green smoke outside the window? Eh don't worry about it, must be another drill..."

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I'm wondering if when you set the target if the point you were looking at (at that distance) wasn't quite a ways behind your actual target. Especially if you picked your target from far away, THEN climbed up over the clouds... was the point generated a couple hundred feet away?

 

Keep in mind when you're marking a target what you're actually doing is marking a point on the ground with a coordinate that the computer references during the delivery- comparing it against your own.

 

You might just need to verify the location of your SPI / point track when you get closer.

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Eno, if I understand you correctly, yes, this is in fact the case and is a real problem, which is why you should lase the target to get distance to target so that coordinates of the SPI are accurately calculated, if that is needed--which it is if that SPI is used to bomb the target with JDAMs, either by you or someone you shared it with.

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