The ASM-N-2 Bat, self guiding Anti-ship Glide bomb.

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Hello, Thanks for taking the time to look at this suggestion.

I wanted to talk about and suggest the ASM-N-2 Bat, there were two major variants of the bomb, Dragon which was a TV guided version, for which an operator would use the TV image sent from the nose of the weapon and operate aerodynamic controls during the weapon’s fall.(Note that I’m unable to find any info on the Dragon variant, it may have only been a proposal.) The Second version that I want to recommend mainly is the Pelican variant. This variant was developed in June 1942, however would not be declared combat ready until January 1945, where it remained until retirement in the early 1950’s. The Military designated it as Bomb MK 57, but this was soon changed to SWOD MK 9. It is quite important to note that the Radar used is very early and was easily overcome but simple counter measures, and could be confused by other ships or land masses. There were about 3000 of these “Missiles” produced until the end of World War II most being used against Japanese Shipping vessels. Noted that while these are referred to as missiles they have no way to provide their own energy, unlike the Fritz-X Bomb seen in game, and sources tend to refer to it as both a bomb and missile. However these missiles unlike the Fritz-X Bomb do not require the launch platform to remain in the area.These bombs were mainly used on the PB4Y-2 Privateer long-range patrol bombers, but there are images showing the Grumman TBM, Vought F4U-1D Corsair, and the SB2C carrying and dropping the weapon see the below images… (note it is also mentioned to be used on the P-2 Neptune but i could only find it with more modern munitions.)

BAT-PB4Y-wingbat.jpg File:SB2C dropping ASM-N-2 guided bomb 1946.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

File:Grumman TBM Avenger in flight with ASM-N-2 Bat missile.jpg

Here is the Bat attached to the PB4Y-2, Grumman TBM, SB2C, and F4U-1D.

The Data given about the ASM-N-2 is as follows

Length 3.63 m (11 ft 11 in)
Wingspan 3.05 m (10 ft)
Weight 850 kg (1880 lb)
Speed 480 km/h (300 mph)
Ceiling (max. launch) 8000 m (5 miles)
Range 32 km (20 miles) (Theoretical.)
Propulsion none
Warhead 450 kg (1000 lb) general-purpose bomb

Note there is also an ASM-N-2A, however none of my sources were able to clarify the difference in this version, as such ill only note it here.

Here is a Video showing very briefly the bomb in action.

Sources for this information is:

Note a 4th source i found was however as it is an archived article, on the way back machine, and is not up on the site itself any longer I chose not to post it.

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Since top tier ships have very good AA batteries, this bomb seems to be a perfect addition to the game.

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I feel like this has to come! +1