Navy to use in close air support situations to avoid civilian
casualties. Navy F/A-18s first dropped the LCDB in combat in
Iraq in July 2007.
LGBs currently in inventory include:
n GBU-10: MK84/BLU- 117 2,000-pound bomb or BLU- 109
penetration warhead with Paveway II laser guidance kit.
n GBU-12: MK82/BLU- 111 500-pound bomb with Paveway II
laser guidance kit.
n GBU-16: MK83/BLU- 110 1,000-pound bomb with Paveway
II laser guidance kit.
n GBU-24: MK84/BLU- 109 hard target penetration warhead
or BLU- 116 hard target penetration warhead with Paveway
III laser guidance kit.
n GBU-51/B: MK82/BLU- 111 500-pound-class bomb using
the BLU- 126 warhead (reduced explosive material) with
Paveway II laser guidance kit.
GBU-12F/B, GBU- 52 DUAL-MODE
LASER-GUIDED BOMB (DMLGB)
BRIEFING: The DMLGB consists of an Mk82/BLU- 111 or
BLU- 126 500-pound general-purpose bomb. Both types use
a standard airfoil group and a WGU-53/B guidance unit, in
which the CCG system is retrofitted with INS/GPS on AV-8B
and F/A-18A+/C/C+/D/E/F aircraft.
CONTRACTORS: . . . . . . . . . ; Lockheed;Martin;Missiles;and;Fire;Control,;
GBU-53/B SMALL-DIAMETER BOMB
INCREMENT II (SDB II)
BRIEFING: The SDB II is a 250-pound-class precision-guided
munition being developed for the Navy, Marine Corps and Air
Force. The SDB II is designed to engage stationary and moving targets at stand-off range using a multimode seeker. The
weapon uses Link 16 or UHF data link to provide in-flight
target updates from own-ship or third-party targeting and
control. Terminal guidance is provided by a tri-mode seeker
with millimeter wave, IIR and semi-active laser capability
incorporated into a single all-up-round.
The SDB II, carried on the four-place Joint Miniature
Munitions Bomb Rack Unit, is an evolutionary acquisition of
the U.S. Air Force’s BRU-61/A miniature munitions carriage
system. The Bomb Rack Unit is being developed for multiple
platforms. SDB II low-rate production was approved in 2015
for Air Force quantities. The Navy will begin procurement in
2018. The weapon is expected to achieve IOC with the Air Force
on the F-15E in 2018, and the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in
2020. SDB II will be fielded on the F-35B with limited capability in 2020 and F- 35 (all variants) with full capability in 2022.
LENGTH: ................; 5. 8;feet;
DIAMETER: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ; 7;inches,;body
WINGSPAN: . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5. 5 feet (extended)
RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ; 40+;nautical;miles
WARHEAD:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . ; 95;pounds,;shaped;jet;charge;and;blast-fragmentation;
CONTRACTOR: . . . . . . . . . . ; Raytheon;Missile;Systems
OTHER AIR WARFARE WEAPONS
BOMBS & ROCKETS
n General Purpose (GP) Bombs: Navy and Marine Corps aircraft
use a variety of unguided ordnance including the Mk80
series low-drag general-purpose blast-fragmentation
bombs. GP bombs are rarely used when precision-guided
weapons are available.
n Cluster Munitions: Cluster munitions are clamshell dispens-
ers that open after release from the aircraft and distribute
bomblets (Mk20 Rockeye) or mines (CBU- 78 Gator) over
a wide area. They are effective (depending on the version)
against personnel, armored vehicles, air-defense sites,
small craft, ships, submarines and aircraft on the ground.
n Firebombs: Mk77 firebombs are used by strike fighters and
attack aircraft to spread incendiary material over a large area
against troop concentrations, fortifications and vehicles.
n Rockets: Two types of unguided fast-firing air-launched
rockets — fired from pods — remain in use: the 2.75-inch
Hydra and the 5-inch Zuni.
ASQ-235 AIRBORNE NEUTRALIZER
BRIEFING: The AMNS is a mine-neutralization vehicle
deployed from a launch and handling system (LHS) supported
from an MH-60S helicopter. The system includes a control
console interfaced with the helicopters Carriage, Launch,
Stream, Towing and Recovery System. The LHS carries four
Archerfish mine-neutralizer munitions to take out bottom and
moored mines. The Archerfish are remotely controlled and
equipped with a sonar, video camera and light.
CON TRAC TORS: . . . . . . . . . ; Raytheon;(LHS);and;BAE;Systems;(munitions)
AIR-LAUNCHED NAVAL MINES
Some versions of naval mines can be laid by aircraft to disrupt
enemy shipping and deter naval movements.
n Mk62/63: These mines are 500- and 1,000-pound, general-
purpose blast-fragmentation bombs fitted with influence
target-detection devices designed for shallow water.
n Mk65: This mine features a thin-walled casing for a 2,000-
pound warhead and is fitted with target-detection devices
for magnetic, seismic or pressure detonation.
ASQ-235 AIRBORNE NEUTRALIZER SYSTEM WITH ARCHERFISH