South Africa's Denel Dynamics (then Kentron) developed the Raptor I EO-guided glide bomb
in the 1980s for use in the Angolan conflict.
The Luftwaffe fought cleverly and tenaciously while introducing new weapons such as the radio-controlled glide bombs
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.
On a small scale, the US Air Force still employs the TV/IIR-guided l125-kg Boeing GBU-15(V) glide bomb
, which delivers a Mk 84 or BLU-109 warhead from a range of up to 28 km.
The JSOW is a 1,000 lb-class glide bomb
with a range of up to 130 km when launched from high altitude.
At the same time Kugisho, concerned about the anticipated difficulty of inexperienced pilots flying high-performance glide bomb
aircraft, initiated a parallel effort to develop a trainer prototype MXY7-K1, with return-landing capability.
The US Army Air Force used the radio-controlled VB-1 (Vertical Bomb -1) 'Azon' late in that war, while the US Navy employed the TV-guided Interstate TRD-1 Assault Drone and the autonomous ASM-2 Bat glide bomb
, which carried an active radar seeker.
During World War II, the Army Air Forces developed a radio-guided azimuth-only (AZON) glide bomb
and tested it in Europe and the China-Burma-India Theater, where they promised some success against bridge targets.
The BLU-109 has recently been cleared for use on the Rafael Spice TV-guided glide bomb
The point may be illustrated by the case of the rocket-powered Boeing (formerly Rockwell) AGM-130, which provides roughly three times the maximum range of the GBU-15 glide bomb
(or Cruciform Wing Weapon) on which it is based.
Other projects include IAI's longer range (30 km) Guillotine LBG and Rafael's Pyramid TV-guided glide bomb