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  CBU-97/CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapon - Dumb Bombs
The Sensor Fuzed Weapon [SFW] is an unpowered, top attack, wide area, cluster munition, designed to achieve multiple kills per aircraft pass against enemy armor and support vehicles.
The weapon is most effective when employed at low altitude from level flight attitudes in a non-countermeasured environment.
Weapon effectiveness decreases as release altitude, dive angle, and/or time of flight increases because of adverse effects of wind conditions, weapon dispersion, and aim point uncertainties on delivery accuracy.
www.fas.org /man/dod-101/sys/dumb/cbu-97.htm   (594 words)

 Weapon - news tag - Softpedia
The nuclear bomb recently discovered, it soon became the ultimate terror weapon and a constant threat that the entire planet was forced to live with for decades.
Sonic weapons have been made popular by science fiction productions, but they are also used in reality, not to destroy buildings, tanks, butto injure, incapacitate, or kill an opponent.
The main purpose of the armor is to stop weapons or projectiles from penetrating a person's body and to diffuse the weapon's impulse energy, so that the final impact causes little or no damage at all.
news.softpedia.com /newsTag/weapon   (0 words)

 Aerospaceweb.org | Ask Us - Bombs, Rockets & Missiles
The three key elements that distinguish one type of weapon from another are the warhead, the means of propulsion, and the presence of a guidance system.
A bomb is a purely ballistic weapon, meaning that the only force that acts upon it after it is released from an aircraft is gravity.
The weapon was probably designated as a missile since it was originally planned to develop powered variants equipped with a solid rocket motor or jet engine to improve range.
www.aerospaceweb.org /question/weapons/q0211.shtml   (1966 words)

 The Weapons of American Terrorism: Cluster Bombs http://free.freespeech.org
According to the "Jane's Air-Launched Weapons" directory, the U.S.-made CBU-87 "combined effects munition" is a "free-fall cluster bomb" composed of 202 "multi-purpose bomblets." Each bomblet is capable of penetrating up to 177 mm (seven inches) of armor and has fire-starting capabilities as well.
As the bomblet climbs, it is spun to disperse the 4 internal skeet warheads randomly by centrifugal force.
An infrared sensor in each warhead searches for a motorized vehicle or living being, and upon discovery detonates over it, firing a "kinetic fragment." The fragment drives itself through the lightly armored top of the vehicle - or the head of the unfortunate person.
www.thirdworldtraveler.com /Weapons/ClusterBombs_AmerTerror.html   (2346 words)

 Air Combat Command' Bomber Force   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Addition of new conventional weapons and defensive system upgrades are improving the aircraft's lethality and survivability, and now enable it to respond on the first day of conflict.
Weapons ejector racks can be installed in staggered positions forward and aft to allow weapon-fin clearance, and two types of bomb rack can carry 20 500-lb weapons in four rows of five or nine 1,000-lb (454-kg) weapons in three rows of three.
This weapon is 12 feet (3.6 m) long, weighs approximately 715 lb (325 kg) and has a variable yield ranging from 100 to 500 kilotons.
www.aeronautics.ru /usbomberforce01.htm   (3580 words)

 Sensor-fused weapon Information
A sensor-fused weapon (SFW, also sensor fuze weapon, sensor-fuzed weapon, etc.) is a cluster bomb design that uses "smart" submunitions (bomblets or bomblet containers) including sensors and a small guidance system to aim at targets on the ground and detonate nearby.
This increases the effectiveness of the device versus traditional cluster weapons that distribute bomblets in a largely random pattern.
Sensor-fuzed weapons were first fired in combat years later during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
www.bookrags.com /wiki/Sensor-fused_weapon   (201 words)

 The Washington Diplomat
Precision-guided weapons, also called ìsmartî bombs, fall into different classes based on such factors as size, guidance systemsóof which there are now multiple systemsóand the military objectives for which they were designed.
Other precision weapons introduced in the Iraq war include the CBU-107 passive attack weapon (PAW), a 1,000-pound weapon designed to strike targets where massive explosions are either unnecessary or undesirable, such as radar or communications antennas.
The weapon, whose introduction came after a 98-day rush development, ejects nonexplosive rods that have proved to be extremely valuable in minimizing collateral damage.
www.washdiplomat.com /03-07/c3_03_07.html   (1601 words)

 The Devastating Impact of Sensor Fuzed Weapons-March 1998
The Bahrain deployment marked a coming out event for a weapon that is expected to drastically alter the ability of airpower to engage and stop moving ground targets.
Because of the numerical drawdown of Air Force aircraft during the past decade and the high operational tempo troops are experiencing, the SFW's ability to reduce the number of sorties needed to stop an enemy is considered a significant force multiplier.
The SFW was going to be one of the weapons that kept the choke points choked with the blazing, burned-out hulks of Soviet tanks.
www.afa.org /magazine/March1998/0398dev.asp   (2194 words)

 GD-OTS Air Delivered Munitions
The GD-OTS BLU-97 fuze production and BLU-97 bomb body line are the only facilities available for producing these critical CEM components for U.S. Government and approved offshore customers.
As certified by the Office of the United States Secretary of Defense, General Dynamics OTS is the world's only manufacturer of MK80 Series Bomb Bodies that conforms to the U.S. Dept. of Defense's approved technical data packages.
Such modular payloads include not only gas generators and inflatable devices, but all the related structural members, electronic and/or pyrotechnic communication lines and safe/arm/fuze devices as well as associated dunnage and munition retention devices.
www.gd-ots.com /sitepages/adm1.html   (0 words)

 Weapons of American Terrorism: Cluster Bombs
A newer version of the MK-20 Rockeye cluster bomb, the CBU 59 is used against both modern armor and human bodies.
An infrared sensor in each warhead searches for a motorized vehicle or living being, and upon discovery detonates over it, firing a "kinetic fragment." The fragment drives itself through the lightly armored top of the vehicle — or the head of the unfortunate person.
The 'R' BL755 uses a different fuze from the original low-level delivery variant allowing it to be dropped from a high enough altitude — above 10,000 ft (3,305 m) — where there is little or no threat from hand-held, infrared-guided, surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft artillery.
www.intellnet.org /resources/american_terrorism/ClusterBombs.html   (2452 words)

When the combination of height contours and heat signatures indicative of a target are detected the Skeet detonates, firing an explosively formed penetrator (EFP) into the target vehicle at high speed, enabling it to penetrate armor plating and destroy what is underneath the armor plating.
The weapon is deployed by US Air Force tactical aircraft from altitudes between 200 feet (60 m) Above Ground Level (AGL) to 20,000 feet (6100 m) Mean Sea Level (MSL) at speeds between 250 to 650 knots.
Sensor-fused weapons were first fired in combat years later during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/CBU-97   (576 words)

 [11.0] 21st Century Smart Munitions / Smart Shells
The infrared sensor is capable of working through fog, since it is close to the target, and works at night and through electronic countermeasures.
The investigation may prove that the weapon isn't practical -- ineffective, too expensive, too unreliable, beyond the limits of current technology -- or even if it is, military requirements or funding may change, pushing the weapon off the bottom of the priority queue.
Once a target was boxed by the acoustic sensors, the infrared sensor took over, directing the BAT to hit the target directly from the top, destroying it with a two-stage penetrating warhead.
www.vectorsite.net /twbomb_11.html   (4448 words)

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This characteristic of the weapon is particularly problematic for civilians when cluster munitions are used in or near populated areas and has been documented by research reports from groups such as Human Rights Watch and Landmine Action[1].
CBUs are still a danger in Indochina, especially in Laos and southern Vietnam.
This weapon is NOT the CBU-97 lol its precision guided down to the little bomblets which come out of it lol For you to site the civilian deaths of a dumb bomb and compare them to a smart bomb...
www.xanga.com /ProudAmerican912/431167330/item.html   (2551 words)

 Discovery Channel - FutureWeapons - Sensor Fuzed Weapons
A much improved version of the standard cluster bomb, the sensor fuzed weapon (formally the CBU-97) uses "smart" bomblets to spread destruction across battlefields with precise strikes on multiple enemy targets.
At a preset altitude, the parachutes are jettisoned and rockets in the submunition canisters lift them up and then spin to disperse the skeet bomblets.
Infrared sensors in the bomblets then search for targets that are taken out with small powerful warheads.
www.discoverychannel.co.uk /future_weapons/gallery/sensorfuzed/index.shtml   (153 words)

 Black Radical Congress Statement on Kosovo
This shortage of weapons has USAF planners and officials and the builders of the missiles, rushing to convert stockpiles of nuclear-tipped missiles to conventional warheads.
The capitalists who make these weapons want the war to continue so that the order books can be filled and the same capitalists who dominate the corporate media are influencing public opinion to call for an intensification of the undeclared war by the introduction of ground troops.
In the face of the end of the cold war and the economic melt down in Asia and Latin America, a war is the most important requirement for the legitimacy of the present forms of political and economic organization.
www.zmag.org /crisescurevts/brc.htm   (7424 words)

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