US Navy Developing Variable-Strength Bomb

Public Domain US Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jessica Davis.

The U.S. Navy is seeking proposals for a “variable explosive bomb,” or VEB, that would allow pilots to vary the strength of ordnance by as much as forty percent, according New Scientist and weapons-wonk blog Strategy Page

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Varying the strength of a bomb just before dropping could be important in avoiding civilian casualties; often the danger of hitting civilians can’t be assessed until a pilot is almost on target. Plymouth, Minnesota-based weapons contractor ATK says it has tested a weapon that will fit the bill. According to New Scientist:

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