Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: BLU-114/B and Graphite Bomb
Origin: United States of America
Parent System: BLU-114
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1999
Total Production: ?
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Description: The BLU-114 was developed as a highly classified weapon intended to effectively neutralize electrical power infrastructure without destroying it. This weapon also has been referred to as the 'soft-bomb' or the 'graphite bomb'. Like many other cluster bombs it can be released from virtually any tactical aircraft operated by the United States or allied countries.
The BLU-114 disperses large numbers of chemically treated carbon graphite filaments which short-circuit electrical power distribution equipment such as transformers and switching stations. Used in large numbers it can even shut down the entire power grid of a given country. This weapon represents an excellent sample of non-lethal weaponry with near zero collateral damage.
The CBU-94 Blackout Bomb is the main application for the BLU-114 warhead. It was reported to be employed during the conflict of the former Yugoslavia in 1999 short-cincturing the electrical power infrastructure of Serbia during operation Allied Force. It has been suggested that the BLU-114 or a very similar warhead was integrated into the Tomahawk missile and the AGM-154 JSOW standoff weapon.
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