Thursday, April 18, 2024

US-made rocket-boosted bomb found at Russian position

Fragments believed to be from a Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) have reportedly been found in Russian-occupied territory in Ukraine.

Footage released by Kremlin-connected Russian Telegram channels purportedly shows wreckage resembling that of a GLSDB on the battlefield in Ukraine. The debris includes characteristic wing and tail remnants of the GBU-39/B SDB, which serves as the warhead for Boeing’s GPS-guided GLSDB munitions.

The GLSDB combines the precision-guided GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb, valued at $40,000 per unit, with the M26 rocket. Once separated from the rocket section of the M26, these bombs glide toward their target, presenting a challenging target for anti-aircraft missile systems due to their small size.

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Western media outlets suggest that the delivery of these munitions to Ukraine was delayed for almost a year, with the transfer finally taking place two weeks ago.

The deployment of GLSDB munitions provides Ukraine with a long-range fire capability, empowering them to defend their country and reclaim sovereignty over Russian-occupied territories, according to Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder, the Pentagon’s press secretary.

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense advisor, and a consultant. His background as a defense advisor and consultant adds a unique perspective to his journalistic endeavors, ensuring that his reporting is well-informed and authoritative. read more

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