B-2 Spirit Drops 80 Bombs for the First Time


Released on Wednesday, September 17, 2003
United States of America
B-2A Spirit
GBU-38 JDAM
JDAM - Joint Direct Attack Munition
USAF - United States Air Force
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.

The 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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