US Air Force has released that recently the GPS-guided, 500-pound GBU-38 Joint
Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) bomb was dropped successfully in combat, for the
first time, during a night combat mission conducted primarily by Air National
Guard (ANG) personnel deployed in Iraq.
The majority of the people connected to the assembly of the precision-guided
weapon came from the Alabama Air National Guard and were supplemented by airmen
from Illinois and Wisconsin. Two F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft performed a
simultaneous GBU-38 release, one bomb each, on the same target in central Iraq.
The bombs precisely hit a two-story building in a residential area with minimal
Afterwards, the US Air Force confirmed that the building was the location of a
terrorist meeting of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
associates. The small-sized GBU-38 bomb gives coalition leaders the capability
to attack targets in urban terrain while minimizing collateral damage
likelihood. US Air Force officials look at the GBU-38 bomb as an important asset
on the war on terror.
This night mission culminates the work being carried out during approximately a
month before when the F-16 unit was notified that it may be dropping the GBU-38
bomb. This mission success also makes GBU-38 war-ready. According to pilots, the
release/drop procedures of the GBU-38 are no different than any other bomb.
Ground crew related to the bomb assembly assessed that the smaller GBU-38s are
relatively easy to build.
The 500-pound (250 kilograms) GBU-38 JDAM bomb is composed of the MK-82 bomb. It
is a whole lot easier to load onto the aircraft than GBU-12 laser guided bombs
and GBU-31 JDAM bombs because it is a lot smaller and lighter.
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