06 November 2014

Smart Bomb Under Development

06 November 2014


Smart bomb kit (photo : Jane's)

The research and development branch of the Indonesian Ministry of Defence has a smart bomb kit programme in development that turns standard unguided warheads into precision-guided weapons with a stand-off capability.

The bomb comprises a standard warhead fitted with a range extension kit with pop-out wings, a new tail section with control fins, GPS and inertial guidance systems, and an interchangeable nose section. Nose options are a ballast nose for basic GPS/inertial guidance, or infrared or TV seekers.

The 125kg weapon can be launched from 20,000ft at speeds from 160kts to 500kts, with a maximum range of approximately 20km. Initial drop trials are scheduled to begin next year.

(Jane's)

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