GDOTS wins $ 264 million bombs contract for US Army

On December 6, the US Department of Defense announced that General Dynamics - Ordnance and Tactical Systems had received a $ 264 million contract from the US Army for the supply of Mk-80 and BLU-109 Tritonal bombs.

Estimated date of completion of the contract - October 31, 2023.

The class of general purpose bombs includes four main types of bombs:

  • Mk-81 is a nominal weight of 250 pounds (113 kg);
  • Mk-82 - nominal weight of 500 pounds (227 kg);
  • Mk-83 is a nominal weight of 1000 pounds (454 kg);
  • The Mk 84 is a nominal weight of 2,000 pounds (907 kg).

The BLU-109 is a bomb for penetrating protected underground objects. The BLU-109 has a steel casing with a thickness of about 1 inch (25.4 mm), filled to 530 pounds (240 kg) of explosive. She has a tail delay fuse. The BLU-109 entered service in 1985. It is also used as a warhead of some types of electro-optically controlled bombs: GBU-15, GBU-27 Paveway III with laser control and in AGM-130 missiles.

Like other “bunker” bombs, the BLU-109 is designed for punching concrete shelters and other solid structures before an explosion.

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