The CBU-97 is a 1,000 pound cluster bomb that is used by the U.S. Air Force. The weapon is non-guided and freefalls from military aircraft. Each bomb contains 40 "skeets." These are sensor fused projectiles shaped like hockey pucks. Each skeet uses infrared lasers and sensors to scan an area of about 1,500 feet for targets such as tanks, bunkers and armored personnel carriers. Once a target is detected, the skeet attaches to it and explodes into molten hot copper. If no target is detected, the skeets self-destruct 50 feet above the ground.
Wednesday December 8, 2010