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The guidance and control sections are packed in all-weather containers.
At the user organization, the guidance and control unit is mounted on the shop maintenance test set, when automatically checks the un??? less than 30 seconds. Checkout reliability of the laser guidance kits in the field exceeds 96%.
The tail assembly and the adapter for the guidance and control are mounted on the bomb and the bomb is then loaded on the aircraft. After installing a nose fuse, the guidance assembly is bolted to the bomb with four bolts and the canards set in place.
A portable flight lien test set is provided to perform a checkout while the weapon is mounted on the aircraft. Normal safe arming procedures are used and no modification to any delivery aircraft is required.
Aircraft taxis with laser-guided bomb load.
Slow motion footage of laser-guided bombs being dropped from aircraft and hitting targets (five test drops).
One of the targets after the test strike.
A cluster bomb is dropped during tests, using laser-guided bomb kit.
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Background: In response to an Air Force requirement for an accurate terminal guided weapon. Texas Instruments started development of the laser-guided bomb kits in 1965. By 1968, the system was deployed and operational. To date, approximately 38,000 kits have been produced and over 15,000 modern production techniques have been employed which insured meeting all delivery demands and has resulted in unit costs of less than $2,500.
The Kits are attached to bombs already in the inventory (500; 750; 1,000: 2,000; and 3,000 pound bombs and to cluster bombs). The guidance and control groups are identical for all classes. The only differences are in the airfoil groups, consisting of control canard fins and tail assemblies.
A laser, directed at the target upon which the bomb will be dropped, completes the weapon delivery system. The laser can be directed by a man on the ground, by a companion aircraft or be self-contained on the delivery aircraft. Forward air controlled aircraft also provide laser illumination of the targets for attack aircraft.
The laser-guided bombs enables delivery to be made at altitudes above anti-aircraft fire, which greatly increases the safety of the aircrew, while obtaining accurate bombing results under conditions which would cause prohibitive miss distances with free fall weapons.