B-57G: Under a Tropic Moon

True, and honestly a welcome addition. Planes receiving countermeasures (even though it may be historically inaccurate) is something I actually enjoy seeing, as it makes the planes a lot easier to use and enjoy, (rather than getting All-aspect’d or being unable to anything because some clicked a single button. However in the case of this plane, I don’t think it will receive them, simply because the interior of said plane has no way of activating them (as per my limited knowledge, so could be wrong), unlike many planes that can indeed active them despite being an earlier variant without them.

I know the Canberra can equip CM since it is present on Argentine Canberras for example, however i don’t think the B-57’s are able to carry any CM’s outside of ECM

Are you sure about that? These images suggest they were still mounted in the wings.

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What are the sources of those images

It could help us determine if they can use 20mm or not

I don’t know, they’re schematics from the original post.

I included these diagrams as it was part of this source, however, same source states that only bombs were carried, and in combat records/use, only mentions bombing attacks, no mention of attacks using guns.

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At the same time, this source states that the additional weight of all the new sensors incurred extra weight which caused the guns to be removed. To me this makes sense, as the fixed guns were controlled by the pilot, who has no view of the night vision sensors (GMTI radar, FLIR, LLLTV etc)

Now this part is inference, but the weight of the new sensors, which is at minimum 600 lb., was about equal to the weight of the four M39 cannons (178.5 lb * 4 = 714 lb), so it sounds reasonable that they would swap out the guns for the sensors in this project.

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Tbh I’m not 100% sure, I just lean on the side that the in-built guns were removed. Still a good chance I’m wrong on this, I would be interested in finding more definite information.

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I think this would be an interesting event or squadron vehicle!

One question however: Was that hghly specialized variant capable of lasing the targets for the GBU’s itself, or did it rely on buddy-lasing (…which would make implementation of GBU’s for it in WT impossible at the current state of the game)?

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Glad you’re interested in it :)

It was in fact capable of guiding laser bombs independently, and one of the very first aircraft to do so. The aircraft had its own built in laser, the emitter part of the under-nose assembly next to the LLLTV and FLIR, and controlled by the weapons officer:

First hand operating accounts documented in Tropic Moon III, Pg.70 and 77:

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Sorry, usual gajin 1 aircraft squadron vehicle only

Currently USA tech tree have 3 event vehicle aircraft

Gajin implemented Paveway II laser guided bomb but not Paveway I

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