The glide bombs
rely on acoustic and infrared sensors to guide them to enemy armored vehicles.
Iran is using TV guidance for the GBU-67/9A Qadr glide bomb
, based on the Mk 84 warhead, and the rocket-powered AGM-379/20 Zoobin, based on the 340-kg M117.
South Africa's Denel Umbani (Lightning) project follows earlier experience with the Raptor glide bomb
and will combine the Mk 82 or Mk 83 bomb bodies with a rocket motor, a swing-wing and a choice of guidance systems.
F-4C aircraft of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, using a combination of electro-optically guided and laser-guided glide bombs
, destroyed more than 100 enemy bridges between April 6 and June 30, 1972, including the Paul Doumer and Thanh Hoa bridges that seemed impervious to countless previous bombing raids.
The Kentron Raptor II is a rocket-powered derivative of the battle-proven TV-guided Raptor I glide bomb
, with a launch weight of 1200 kg.
Compared to the simple glide bomb
, conventional guided missiles offer longer ranges from a given release height, higher speeds and greater accuracy.
Another guided ordnance used in Desert Storm (though on a much smaller scale) was the EO/IIR-guided 1,140-kg Rockwell GBU15 glide bomb
The Walleye, a glide bomb
designed for soft, stationary targets, contained a small television camera mounted in its nose that transmitted images to the cockpit where a pilot could then designate an aim point and release the bomb.
The "X-37B after re-entry would be a slow moving, not very maneuverable glide bomb
, easy prey for any air defense system along its path to the target," Weeden wrote.
JSOW - The Joint Standoff Weapon is a long-range glide bomb
that offers pinpoint accuracy.
The Henschel 293 was a rocket-propelled, radio-controlled glide bomb
with a 660-pound warhead for use against merchant ships and transports.
The Hakim project entered its third -- and most ambitious -- phase in the early 1990s under the management of Britain's GEC-Marconi, who acquired that bit of the Ferranti business in this took a laser glide bomb
, adapted with an infra-red seeker head, and added rocket propulsion.