The new bombs are capable of traveling longer ranges and have the ability to penetrate further than other bombs that currently are used by the IAF
By Yuval Shoham
The new bombs are capable of traveling longer ranges and have the ability to penetrate further than other bombs that currently are used by the IAF. The SDB bomb can fly farther because of the wings installed on it which open upon release. It’s ability to penetrate very thick underground bases and bunkers makes it possible to attack a variety of targets, and thanks to its small size it makes relatively little damage to the environment.
Another unique characteristic about the bomb is that every plane can carry a larger number of the new bombs compared to the older bombs.
The “Ra’am” (F-15I) planes are the first to integrate the new bombs and the IAF is considering the possibilities of integrating them with the F-16 planes in the future. “Israel is the first country in the world outside of the US to equip itself with these bombs”, said the head of the guided independent weapons division, Major Avi.
“It’s estimated that already by the middle of 2011 we will have the first operational capability. The meaning of the integration of these sophisticated bombs on the Ra’am plane is obvious”.
The SDB bomb has already served the US Air Force for two years, including on the battlefield in Afghanistan.