dumb bomb


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Noun1.dumb bomb - a bomb that falls because of gravity and is not guided to a target
bomb - an explosive device fused to explode under specific conditions
smart bomb - a bomb that can be guided (by a laser beam or radio) to its target; "smart bombs have revolutionized aerial bombardment"
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Lockheed Martin is a qualified provider of all three Paveway-II variants to equip the Mk.80 freefall dumb bomb family; namely the GBU-10 Mk.84, GBU-12 Mk.82 and GBU16 Mk.83.
The company boasts that they "can take a dumb bomb and turn it into a smart bomb".
JDAM is a tail kit that turns an unguided dumb bomb already in the warfighter's arsenal into an accurate smart munition.
Strap the $20,000 electronics kit onto the tail of a standard-issue dumb bomb, and you've created a deadly precision weapon that can be guided to its target by GPS satellites orbiting hundreds of miles above.
During a war that generated so much rhetoric about precision-guided smart bombs, the cluster bomb is the ultimate "dumb bomb." Many don't explode on impact.
After flying from a deployed location, one of the bombers could drop 24 global positioning system-guided joint direct attack munitions, Flights like these, dropping 2,000-pound dumb-turned-smart bombs, took most of the fight out of the enemy [See "Not So Dumb Bomb," June 2001].
Beyond that, the JDAM is effective only when commanders know the precise location of their target, meaning a fixed site like a bridge or a building (or the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, which a JDAM leveled, and which a $1,000 dumb bomb could have flattened just as efficiently).
It starts as a 1,000-pound or 2,000-pound dumb bomb. The $18,000 JDAM conversion kit gives it a higher IQ
The JDAM is not constructed as a complete weapon, but rather as a "tail kit" assembly that converts existing "dumb bomb" warheads into precision-guided weapons.
Or, stand off and fire cruise missiles, laser-guided bombs or joint direct attack munitions [See "Not So Dumb Bomb," Page 2].