carries four SKEET anti-armor warheads.
An internal fuse tells each submunition
when to detonate--either "above ground, at impact, or in a delayed mode.
The antiarmor submunition
, known as the Bat, is a 36-inch-long 5.
The TACMS (formerly ATACMS) modernization process disassembles and demilitarizes previous-generation submunition
warheads that do not comply with the international Convention on Cluster Munitions, replacing them with new unitary warheads.
The CBU-58 cluster bomb and BLU-63 submunition
were developed by the US during the Vietnam War and are designed to attack personnel and lightly protected materiel.
Other developments were 30-mm depleted-uranium ammunition, submunition
dispensers producing uniform area coverage to compensate for delivery errors, and sensor-fuzed submunitions
that rotate to scan the ground as they fall.
, known as CBU-105/BLU-108, has a 0.
remnant indicate they were produced in 2007.
It contains Textron Defense Systems' BLU-108 submunition
and smart Skeet warheads equipped with dual-mode passive infrared and active laser sensors.
A further photograph, apparently taken within half an hour of the others, shows an unexploded BLU 97 A/B submunition
itself, the type carried by BGM-109D missiles.
A beer-can-sized submunition
similar to the BLU-97/B could be loaded in GBU-87 canisters or AGM-154A JSOW bodies for easy, predictable dispensing.
Depending on submunition
, the cluster weapon has three versions: CBU-103 (BLU combined effects munitions), CBU-104 (BLU-91/92 mines) and CBU-105 (BLU-108 anti-armor sensor-used weapons).