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GBU-12 Autolocking without need for laser/IR grenade
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Normally when using the GBU-12 you're supposed to use IR grenades thrown by friendlies or other means of "laser" marking, wether that be your own laser pod or a laser designator held by a spotter.

However, even not using these methods you can simply "lock on" with the GBU if you first select a target with cannon then switch to GBU and drop the bomb roughly in the direction of the target.
Video for evidence:
As you can see, as long as I can select the target with cannon by pressing "T" or "R" it keeps said target when you switch to the GBU, no further user input is required, all you need to do is drop the bomb in roughly the same direction/area as the target and it'll automatically lock on.

This is seriously impacting PvP gameplay (in a negative way), especially in "King of the hill".


Operating System
Windows 8 x64
Operating System Version
Steps To Reproduce

Select target by random selection or specific selection in a jet which has a cannon ("R" and "T" respectively), switch to GBU-12, drop bomb somewhere near target (which remains selected) and it'll automatically guide without needing laser/IR grenade to home onto.

Additional Information

I think the same is happening to the Kajman if one tries to use manual targeting and locking onto tanks with scalpels, no locking on is required. (will make independent thread).

Event Timeline

sh4rPP added a subscriber: sh4rPP.Dec 15 2017, 4:35 PM

Yeah, this is a big problem, here i represent how i lock a hovering Mi-48 Kajman, whos hovering,(0kmh), gbu guides itself and destroys it.

Wulf added a subscriber: Wulf.Dec 18 2017, 1:06 PM


Thank you for the report. We are aware of the problem and are working on a solution.

Wulf changed the task status from New to Reviewed.Dec 18 2017, 1:07 PM

As someone reminded me, this works with all laser guided bombs, namely: LOM, GBU, KAB and maybe others