GBU-15 Guided Weapon System
Published January 29, 2007
Rockwell International GBU-15 Guided Weapon System
The GBU-15 Modular Guided Weapon was developed by Rockwell International as a system which could deliver a Mk 84 general-purpose bomb with greater accuracy. The system carried a 2,000 pound warhead that could be launched at medium to low altitudes and used to destroy heavily defended targets.
Equipped with a television guidance or infrared seeker, the GBU-15 could provide the pilot with a visual image of the target even after the bomb had left the aircraft, through a two-way data link system. The weapon could either be manually steered to the target or locked onto the target automatically before or after the weapon was launched. The GBU-15 was almost 13 feet long and had a wingspan of almost 5 feet. It was 18 inches in diameter and weighed 2,450 pounds.
The weapon system manager for the infrared version of the weapon was the Armament Division at Eglin AFB, Florida, and the manager for the television-guided version was the Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill AFB, who was also responsible for the management of all laser-guided bombs used by the Air Force.