Monday, 10 September 2012

BLU-108 submunition - Textron Defense Systems

Halt invading forces with superior lethality and clean battlefield protection air-to-surface munition.

The BLU-108 sensor fuzed smart submunition from Textron Defense Systems was developed in partnership with the U.S. Air Force as part of our Sensor Fuzed Weapon air-to-surface munition.
In production since 1992 and combat proven in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as part of the SFW, BLU-108 was designed to accurately detect and defeat multiple threat targets. Battlefield Damage Assessment reports from OIF indicate excellent BLU-108 wartime performance against various armored threats.

Proven Effectiveness and Reliability

BLU-108 contains four smart Skeet warheads that feature two built-in redundant selfdestruct logic modes. Additionally, a timed self-deactivation mode renders any unexploded warhead harmless within seconds after delivery, leaving a clean battlefield. Equipped with both dual-mode passive infrared and active laser sensors, each warhead can halt an invading force by simultaneously detecting and engaging fixed and moving land combat and maritime targets.

BLU-108 is capable of integration into a number of weapon systems, including:

  • Textron Defense Systems Universal Aerial Delivery Dispenser, or U-ADD®
  • AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile
  • AGM-154B Joint Standoff Weapon
  • R/UGM-109 Tomahawk
  • MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System
  • Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) and future cruise missiles
  • M30 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System
BLU-108 is proven effective to defeat a variety of target types, from heavy armored battle tanks to soft-skinned vehicles, including parked aircraft, mobile radars and jammers, air defense vehicles and support vehicles. BLU-108 also has been effectively tested against small swarming boat targets which has proven BLU-108’s effectiveness for maritime interdiction.

Smart Sensor Technology

Once deployed, the smart Skeet warhead with its two-color infrared (IR) sensor searches for targets that match a defined set of IR requirements, while the laser sensor profiles those targets for improved aim point and lethality. When a valid target is detected, the Skeet warhead fires a copper Explosively Formed Penetrator, or EFP, and 16fragment outer ring from within its center core, to effectively perforate hardened steel and instantly defeat the target from the top — its most vulnerable area.

Easy Integration With Carrier Vehicles
  • No electrical input requirement
  • No signal input requirement
  • Long storage life in host vehicle

Overall Dimensions

Length: 31 inches (in.) (79 centimeters [cm] )
Cylinder Diameter: 5.25 in. (13.3 cm)
Maximum Lateral Dimension: 7.25 in. (18.4 cm)
Maximum Weight (BLU-108): 64 pounds (lb.) (29 kilograms [kg.] )
Skeet Warhead Weight: 7.5 lb. (3.4 kg)

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