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09:29 AM, August 31, 2016
General Dynamics To Provide MK82 Bomb Casings To Saudi, UAE, France And Iraq
MK-82 bomb

General Dynamics has won $39 contract to supply MK82-1, MK82-6, MK84-10 bomb bodies to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, France and Iraq.

Work is expected to be completed by December 31, 2017. 

According to FAS, The MK-82 is a free-fall, non-guided general purpose [GP] 500-pound bomb. The bomb is usually equipped with the mechanical M904 (nose) and M905 (tail) fuzes or the radar-proximity FMU-113 air-burst fuze.

The MK 80 series Low Drag General Purpose (LDGP) bombs are used in the majority of bombing operations where maximum blast and explosive effects are desired. LDGP bombs are designed to be aerodynamically streamlined. Their cases are relatively light and approximately 45 percent of their complete weight is explosive. General purpose bombs may use both nose and tail fuzes and conical or retarded tail fins.

The MK82 AIR is a 500 pound bomb modified with a BSU-49/B high drag tail assembly. The "ballute" air bag which deploys from the tail provides a high speed, low altitude delivery capability by quickly slowing the bomb and allowing the aircraft to escape the blast pattern. The tail assembly consists of a low-drag canister unit containing a ballute (combination balloon and parachute), and a release lanyard assembly that opens the canister releasing the ballute. 

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