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The Mark 83 is part of the Mark 80 series of low-drag general-purpose bombs in United States service.

Mark 83 General-Purpose (GP) Bomb
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Mark 83 1,000-pound general-purpose bombs
TypeLow-drag general-purpose (LDGP) bomb
Place of originUnited States
Specifications
Mass1014 lb (459 kg)
Length119.49 inches (3000 mm)
Diameter14.06 inches (357 mm)

FillingTritonal, Minol or Composition H6
Filling weight445 lb (202 kg)

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Development and deploymentEdit

 
Ten Mark 83 bombs aboard a US Navy F/A-18E.

The nominal weight of the bomb is 1,000 lb (454 kg), although its actual weight varies between 985 lb (447 kg) and 1,030 lb (468 kg), depending on fuze options,[1] and fin configuration.[2] The Mk 83 is a streamlined steel casing containing 445 lb (202 kg) of tritonal high explosive. When filled with PBXN-109 thermally insensitive explosive, the bomb is designated BLU-110.

The Mk 83/BLU-110 is used as the warhead for a variety of precision-guided weapons, including the GBU-16 Paveway laser-guided bombs, the GBU-32 JDAM and Quickstrike sea mines.

This bomb is most typically used by the United States Navy but is used by the USAF in the F-22A in a JDAM configuration. According to a test report conducted by the United States Navy's Weapon System Explosives Safety Review Board (WSESRB) established in the wake of the 1967 USS Forrestal fire, the cooking-off time for a Mk 83 is approximately 8 minutes 40 seconds.

The bomb has been controversially used during the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen.[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FMU-152/B ELECTRONIC BOMB FUZE". Integrated Publishing. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Mk83 General Purpose Bomb". Federation of American Scientists. 23 April 2000. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Saudi airstrikes in Yemen violate laws of war, rights group says". Mcclatchydc.com. Retrieved 28 August 2018.

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