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Precision Guided Munitions: Trends, Costs and Limitations


As the West goes to war in Iraq for the third time in twenty-five years, the cost and capabilities of precision munitions are back under the spotlight

As the West attempts for a third time in twenty-five years to influence the situation in Iraq with firepower from the skies, the bombs and missiles being used continue to become more accurate, precise and expensive. This has significant implications for Western air power in terms of its operational capabilities, targeting procedures and political utility. The current campaign against ISIL in Syria and Iraq is being conducted almost exclusively using precisio

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WRITTEN BY

Justin Bronk

Research Fellow, Airpower & Technology

Military Sciences

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