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Stunning image captures a split second before a GBU-10 bomb

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  1. layman

    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    Stunning image captures a split second before a GBU-10 bomb dropped by a B-1 hits a small boat at sea

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    On Sept. 4, the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron sent a solo B-1B over the Gulf of Mexico and its sea ranges to prove the concept that Lancers (or “Bonesâ€￾ as the swing wing bombers are dubbed) can be used to attack surface targets whilst at sea; in other words, the goal of the mission was to assess and improve the B-1′s capabilities.

    According to the Dyess AFB website the B-1 released six munitions, including a 500lb GBU-54 laser guided bomb as well as 500lb and 2000lb joint direct attack munitions (JDAM).

    Lt. Col. Alejandro Gomez, 337th TES special projects officer said: “This evaluation solidifies what our crew members have already known: We can strike surface targets. The knowledge we gain from these events gives combatant commanders assurance that we can be called upon to complete the mission.â€￾

    The mission, called a “a maritime tactics development and evaluationâ€￾ or TD&E ,saw the B-1 being given the goal of detect, target and engage small boats using currently fielded and available weapons, released in all weather conditions.

    The dramatic photo in this post was taken during the mission and shows that the B-1 was very effective in doing its goals: the term “using a sledgehammer to crack a walnutâ€￾ springs to mind as the GBU-10 is captured a split second before annihilating a small rigid hulled boat.

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    Blue 'inert' bomb. Didn't even need a warhead.
     
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    perfect timing...:rafale:
     
  4. Manmohan Yadav

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    great pic, nice timing
    must have been one of those thousand frames per second cameras
     
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