TABLE 7.1 Summary of Precision-Guided Munitions in U.S. Family of Conventional High-Explosive Weapons, Current and Under Development, That Support the Global Strike Mission




Guided Bomb Unit (GBU)-28/ EGBU-28/ BLU-113

Air-launched, 5,000 pound, laser-guided “bunker buster” with a 4,400 pound penetrating warhead.

GBU-24B/D/ BLU-116 Advanced Unitary Penetrator (AUP)

Air-launched, 2,000 pound, heavy steel penetrator warhead filled with high-energy explosives and void-sensing hard-target smart fuze that detonates the AUP at the optimum point in a target to inflict maximum damage.


Thermobaric bomb, which added a thermobaric explosive fill for the BLU-109 penetrator. The BLU-118/B is a penetrating warhead filled with an advanced thermobaric explosive that, when detonated, generates higher sustained blast pressures in confined spaces such as tunnels and underground facilities. The BLU-118/B uses the same penetrator body as the standard BLU-109 weapon. The significant difference is the replacement of the high-explosive fill with a new thermobaric explosive that provides increased lethality in confined spaces.

Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) Block II Penetrator

Air-launched cruise missile with precision guidance and a 1,200 pound AUP penetrating warhead augmented with two forward shaped charges (BROACH concept) for use against buried and/or hardened targets.

Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW)/ Bomb Royal Ordnance Augmenting Charge (BROACH)

Air-launched weapon incorporating the BROACH Multiple Warhead System (MWS), combining an initial penetrator charge (warhead) with a secondary follow-through bomb, supported by multi-event hard-target fuzing. Has a 500 pound class “unitary” warhead providing blast/fragmentation effects as well as enhanced penetration capability against hard targets.

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