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Can the Kawasaki T-4 carry weapons?

The Kawasaki T-4 is a jet trainer aircraft. However, it seems to have two hardpoints. Armament Two hardpoints for external fuel tanks Can these be used to carry weapons? E.g., unguided bombs ...
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What makes a bomber able to deliver nuclear bombs?

Currently the German Luftwaffe has Panavia Tornados to deliver American nuclear bombs in case of war. The bombers are getting older and are currently modernized. The German Luftwaffe also has ...
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How does dropping ordnance affect the weight and balance of the aircraft?

During a mission, military aircraft often shed a lot of weight from takeoff to landing. An F-15C (empty weight: 28,000 lbs) carries an internal fuel load of 13,455 lbs (almost a third of take-off ...
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Why do heavy bombers not carry air to air missiles?

Imagine a heavy bomber – such as the B52, Tu160 or B1 – is heading toward a hot zone carrying a large number of AMRAAM or longer ranged missiles. Why doesn't it also carry air-to-air ...