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Details of American anti-personnel and other bombs

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Bomb Types

30,000-pound super bomb --Pentagon producing new "bunker buster" --using depleted uranium  (see Updates below)

2,000-pound Mark 84 JDAM   -- Workhorse of U.S. Military: A Bomb With Devastating Effects

Varieties of
Cluster Bombs 


The bomblets in the CBU-52 are softball-sized and are intended primarily to shred and dismember human bodies. The dispenser holds 220 of the bomblets and can be used against both people and light-skinned vehicles.


This cluster bomb is also used to destroy human bodies and destroy light skinned military or civilian vehicles. The dispenser holds 650 baseball-sized bomblets to be dispersed indiscriminately over a wide area.

CBU-59B Rockeye II

A newer version of the MK-20 Rockeye cluster bomb, the CBU 59 is used against both modern armor and human bodies. Rockeye II and the older Rockeye I are dart shaped bomblets with a small fuse in the pointed end of each bomblet. The CBU-59 dispenser holds about 700 bomblets.


The CBU-71/B is very similar to the CBU-58, carrying 650 baseball-sized bomblets. The CBU-71 bomblets have what the U.S. authorities call "a random delay fusing option."

Translation: these cluster bombs are used as land mines which will explode by themselves at random times to terrorize local populations.

CBU-72 Fuel Air Explosive

This cluster bomb is different from all the others. It's an extremely destructive incendiary bomb, rather than a shrapnel bomb, sometimes compared to a mini-nuke.

It's used to detonate minefields, to destroy aircraft parked in the open - and also to burn the occupants alive in armored vehicles, and to burn alive or suffocate people taking shelter in bunkers or over demolished city areas where people may be hiding in basements and rubble.

The bomb is made up of three separate bomblets dispensing an aerosol fuel cloud across the target area. As the fuel cloud descends to the ground it is ignited by an embedded detonator to produce what the U.S. military calls "an impressive explosion,"  which sucks out all the oxygen over an extended area.

The rapidly expanding wave front due to overpressure flattens all objects and burns all people alive within close proximity of the epicenter of the aerosol fuel cloud. It also produces "debilitating damage" well beyond the flattened area from oxygen deprivation.

Fuel air bombs also can be used as asphyxiation weapons, without being exploded, but this is in violation of international treaties.

CBU-87 CEM Combined Effects Munition

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.

The CEM dispenses the 202 bomblets over an area of 800 feet by 400 feet.    The U.S. calls it "an area denial cluster weapon."

Translation from military-speak: the bomblets create an 800 by 400 foot mine field.

This cluster bomb is intended to destroy both lightly armored vehicles and human beings.

The CBU-87 was used extensively during the Desert Storm terror campaign.


The "GATOR" family of scatterable mines is another favorite body-butchering weapon used by "fighter aircrews."   The dispenser holds 72 anti-armor mines and 22 anti-personnel mines. These mines arm immediately upon impact.

The GATOR has two integrated "kill mechanisms," a magnetic influence fuse to sense armor, and deployed trip wires that explode the bomb when adults, children or an animal walks on or disturbs them.

Another feature of the GATOR is the "random delay function" detonating over several days for "highly effective area denial and harassment operations."

Translation: these weapons are highly effective for the terrorization of human beings.

CBU-97 Sensor Fused Weapon

This "cosmic cluster munition" combines 10 bomblets with 4 "skeet type" warheads in a single dispenser, providing 40 weapons total. After release, a fuse causes the dispenser to disperse the 10 bomblets, each stabilized by a parachute.

At a preset altitude a rocket fires, propelling the bomblet in an upward vector. 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 - and any occupants.

If no isolated victim is found, the sensor detonates the warhead above ground to spray the battlefield - or the local population - with a myriad of lethal fragments.

This American weapon is very effective against armor and human bodies, covering a 4,800 square yard area.

CBU-97/B Sensor Fused Weapon

The CBU-97/B cluster bomb was used in the American/NATO terror campaign of 1999 to attack civilian people all over Yugoslavia.  For example, this is probably the model that slaughtered the men and women doing their shopping on the market street in the town of Nis.

This cluster bomb destroys armored vehicles like tanks, and can spray a "battlefield" (or: market square) with metal fragments, making it lethal against people and other "soft" targets. Like horses, cows, sheep and pets.

According to Jane's Defense Weekly, which predicted its use in early April 1999 (by which time it had already been used), each sensor fused weapon carries forty SKEET warheads that use infrared sensors to home in on armored vehicles and people.

Each warhead is a copper-plated, 1 kg Explosively-Formed Projectile that spins at 1,600 rpm. The SFW can be dropped from 200 to 20,000 feet from B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, as well as from A-10 Warthog ground attack aircraft and F-15 and F-16 fighters. The SFW can cover an area the size of about 12 football fields (or 6 hectares).

A B-1B bomber can carry 30 SFWs, or 1200 individual cluster bombs, with the potential to blanket a populated area equal to 360 football fields.

Five B-1B Lancer bombers were deployed on April 1, 1999, at RAF Fairford, England, and used to terrorize the civilian men, women and children of Yugoslavia.

The A-10 Warthog and F-16 can be fitted with four SFWs. At the beginning of April, only the B-1B had been "certified" for using the SFW, which suggests that any other aircraft using the weapon was conducting experiments in the so-called "combat" situations.

MK-20 Rockeye

The Rockeye is a clamshell-shaped dispenser holding 247 dart-shaped bomblets.   The bomblets free fall over a 3,300 square yard area and detonate on impact. The shaped warhead charge in the bomblet is intended for use against armor and people.


Phosphorous shells    Mark 77 bombs replaced napalm as primary U.S. incendiary weapon --noted for clinging to and burning through flesh
11/16/05 phosphorous shells in Falluja (well explains what they do)

British cluster bomb - the RBL755

The British, have their own version of the cluster bomb. They too used it to butcher civilian men, women and children all over Iraq and Yugoslavia.

Each RBL 755 weighs 600 lb and breaks up in the air releasing 147 bomblets. About the size of a soft-drink can, parachutes slow the bomblets' fall, and each has the explosive power to destroy a tank - if it hits it in the right place.

Of course, that's a big "IF" - considering the safe-for-the-pilot altitude from which the bombs are dropped. The high altitude delivery ensures that there will be much less accuracy. That means more dead civilians.

The 'R' BL755 uses a different fuse 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 very little threat from hand-held, infrared-guided, surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft artillery.

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Concrete Piercing Bombs  --New technology used in Afghanistan

and the DAISYCUTTER---- See also DaisyCutter new model MOAB- Mother of all Bombs (Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb) GBU-43

1 square kilometer kill range.  For this and more bomb information see---

See Also Bombs for Beginners from the Federation of American Scientistshttp:  Lots of details and infomration.

FACTOID       McAlester Army Ammunition Plant     Oklahoma is the state where most bombs are produced --workers reportedly ill from uranium


12/14/12  Oklahoma--Where & How Most bombs Are Made  biggest bomb factory in America, workers believe they are protecting America

3/08/12  How Bunker Busters Work  using depleted uranium --long half life alpha particles, also burns  Comment on use in Lebanon by Israel

1/29/12  U.S. Bombs Not Strong Enough to Destroy Iran's Facilities  Haaretz

1/29/12  World War 2 Bombs --history of development

1/27/12  Complete List U.S. Nuclear Weapons  comprehensive list with dates of development

10/03/10  Traumatic Brain Injury from Bombs Blasts to American Troops  New study shows much more widespread than originally thought, diagnosed in 180,000 soldiers since 2,000 (Rand study reports 320,000)  American Journal of Nursing Descriptions "signature wound" of Iraq-Afghan wars  20% of serving troops affected, most cases mild

4/27/10  Smaller, Smarter Missile Bombs  CIA perfects Predator bombs to lessen civilian casualties

3/25/09  Negotiations on Banning Cluster Bombs Representatives of 75 nations on Cluster Munitions Convention

3/02/09  Congress Reconsiders Cluster Bomb Protection Bill  U.S. agrees to limits on duds after 2018

6/10/07  Marine's Description of Weaponry, U.S. and Enemy  interesting, discussion of tactics implies it is at least a year (or more) old

10/23/06   Israeli Use of Cluster Bombs and Phosphorous Criticized by Lebanon Government    Phosphorous is banned by the Geneva Convention against civilians as it is considered to be a chemical weapon.  Israel (and U.S. in Falluja) state that it was used against military targets.

10/06/06  Israeli Bomblets Plague Lebanon  UN officials estimate one million unexploded bomblets - dropped in waning days of the war

9/7/06  Senate Vote on Cluster Bombs  effort (failed) to supervise shipments to allies

5/30/06   Wikipedia Details of Air Dropped U.S. bombs

3/13/06   U.S. Spending Billions to Combat Roadside (IED) Bombs

1/05/06    Types of Iraqi Mines - how they work--

11/25/05  Types of Iraqi IED's

1/02/05     Flattening Falluja --The "Falluja Model  modern use of bombs combined with infantry attack  

11/11/04  Bigger and Better Bombs To Come

11/01/04  Our Hidden Nuke Program --more and more money for updates & newer bombs

7/01/04    Clusters of Death   Efforts to Restrict Use

5/11/04  American military is pursuing new types of exotic weapons  PRAVDA RU

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