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72 Electro-optical (EO) weapons had been employed in Vietnam in the form of the Navy’s Walleye bomb and the Air Force’s homing bomb system. Both had been effective under the right conditions but were difficult to use and expensive. Though the LGBs did not get much media attention when they were first used inside South Vietnam nor even during Linebacker I, the 28 METS earliest versions were cheap and very effective. 73 They had to have either the service of a target designator on the ground or the help of another airplane orbiting the target with its onboard designator.

86 When combat was fi- 34 METS nally initiated, the result was so pleasing, swift, and complete that it surprised even the most optimistic planners. The coalition won the air superiority campaign in a trice; the air-to-air battle itself did not last long. Practically all of the coalition’s few aircraft losses fell to the ground elements of the enemy IADS, and that had been effectively suppressed by the third day through both lethal and nonlethal means. In the years that had passed since the end of the Vietnam War, electronic news reporting had developed still further so as to have instant worldwide coverage.

Both had been effective under the right conditions but were difficult to use and expensive. Though the LGBs did not get much media attention when they were first used inside South Vietnam nor even during Linebacker I, the 28 METS earliest versions were cheap and very effective. 73 They had to have either the service of a target designator on the ground or the help of another airplane orbiting the target with its onboard designator. Unfortunately, the designation had to be continued until the time of impact; and that could be dangerous whether the designator was on the ground or in the air.

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