cluster bomb

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cluster bomb

n.
A projectile that, when dropped from an aircraft or fired through the air, releases explosive fragments over a wide area.

cluster bomb

n
(Military) a bomb that throws out a number of smaller bombs or antipersonnel projectiles when it explodes

clus′ter bomb`

a bomb or shell designed to burst in midair and disperse small fragmentation bombs over a wide area.
[1960–65]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cluster bomb - bomb consisting of a canister that is dropped from a plane and that opens to release a cluster of bomblets (usually fragmentation bombs) over a wide area; "cluster bombs cannot be targeted precisely"
bomb - an explosive device fused to explode under specific conditions
bomblet, cluster bomblet - one of the smaller bombs that are released from a cluster bomb
antipersonnel bomb, anti-personnel bomb, daisy cutter, fragmentation bomb - a bomb with only 10 to 20 per cent explosive and the remainder consisting of casings designed to break into many small high-velocity fragments; most effective against troops and vehicles
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cluster bomb

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Cluster munitions are indiscriminate, and as such, they frequently kill civilians and damage infrastructure long after conflicts end.
But it is important to remember this context when considering the question of banning cluster munitions.
They advise us that it would stigmatize cluster munitions, which are legitimate weapons with clear military utility.
Both the United States and Sri Lanka refused to be signatories to the global cluster munitions treaty when it came up in 2008.
During the 2011 UN convention on conventional weapons in Geneva, Russia indicated that cluster munitions have "a very substantive role" in its collective defense.
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On November 11, LAPFF received a letter from one of the companies engaged, Singapore Technologies Engineering, stating 'ST Engineering is now no longer in the business of designing, producing and selling of antipersonnel mines and cluster munitions or any related key components.
US export policy concerning cluster munitions, known as the Gates policy, allows export of these weapons under certain guidelines.
Cluster munitions are prohibited by a 2008 treaty adopted by 116 countries, but not by Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners or the United States.
Sudan should immediately stop using these horrendous weapons, destroy its stockpiles and respect the prohibition on cluster munitions by joining the convention on cluster munitions," he said.
Human Rights Watch (HRW), an international nongovernmental organization, on Monday published a report saying that Ukrainian government forces used cluster munitions in populated areas in Donetsk city earlier this month.
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