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Posted 1/29/2007 Printable Fact Sheet
109 Warhead
Lockheed BLU-109/B Hard-target Warhead
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Lockheed BLU-109/B Hard-target Warhead

The 2,000 pound BLU-109 bomb was specifically designed to defeat an enemy's most critical and hardened targets: secure command locations, protected weapon storage sites, and key transportation and communication resources. The BLU-109's advanced technology one-piece high-strength forged steel casing is one inch thick and can penetrate up to six feet of reinforced concrete. The weapon penetrates the target intact to get to the deep interior of hardened sites, where a delayed-action fuse detonates the 550 pounds of high explosive Tritonal, ensuring complete destruction of the location.

The BLU-109 warhead can be delivered as either a guided or unguided weapon. However, the BLU-109/B is usually mated with a laser guidance kit to form a GBU-24/A penetrator bomb.

The Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill AFB is the Program Manager for all U.S. Air Force munitions, including the BLU-109 warhead and GBU-24 guided bomb.

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