The United States Air Force (USAF) has announced that the B-2 Spirit bomber
dropped 80 JDAM bombs in a single mission for the first time.
It happened at the Utah test and training range at Hill Air Force Base.
new multi-target capability will allow B-2 bombers to attack many individual
targets simultaneously on a single sortie. The bombs released during the flight
test is the Mk-82 500-pound JDAM, also known as the GBU-38 and JDAM-82, which
has been designed to hit the target with pinpoint accuracy.
The B-2 bomber employed during the flight test was modified to carry the smart
bomb rack assembly. The smart bomb rack assembly is equipped with software that
enables weapons to be released at specific intervals. Using the smart bomb
assembly up to 80 GBU-38 bombs can be released in less than 30 seconds.
The smart bomb rack assembly and the GBU-38 bomb have designed and built by
Boeing. The USAF awarded Boeing a contract to produce a first batch of 5,800
GBU-38s with deliveries beginning in 2004.
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