The Air Force's Laser Guided Bombs, or L-G-B, have been used with great effectiveness against North Vietnamese military targets in Southeast Asia.
Laser Guided Bomb bits railroad bridge with boxcars.
Three L-G-B strike military airfield.
Military runway/taxiway intersection being catered.
Small railroad bridge destroyed.
Initial and second strike against main structure of hydroelectric plant.
Still photo of hydroelectric plant damage.
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Background: The Air Force's Laser Guided Bombs, or L-G-B, have been used with great effectiveness against North Vietnamese military targets in Southeast Asia.
This North Vietnamese railroad bridge with boxcars visible on the tracks is one example. Dropped from the F-4 Phantom fighter-bomber, the laser guided bomb has been instrumental in interdicting enemy supply routes. Using the L-G-B, the pilot is able to strike enemy targets within ten to fifteen feet. The strike on a North Vietnamese military airfield demonstrates L-G-B precision. Bombs crater the runway in three different places. The bomb, tuned to a laser beam, drops into a cone-shaped area of reflected laser energy which guides it to the target. The attacking aircraft, or another aircraft, transmits the laser beam to the target and the bomb rides this reflected laser energy. Release parameters (specific point, speed, altitude and angle) are much less critical as opposed to conventional bombs. This runway-taxiway intersection is then catered using this delivery method. The strike on a small, seven-foot wide North Vietnamese railroad bridge also demonstrates the guided bomb's accuracy.
The Lang Chi hydroelectric plant's main structure was "surgically" destroyed without damaging the dam seen on the lower portion of the screen. A second L-G-B thoroughly destroyed the main plant interior. Again no damage to the dam.
The laser guided bomb costs about $5,000. However, it takes only one or two to successfully accomplish the mission.
This post-strike photograph graphically shows the precision destruction, with the dam left intact.
This unique weapons system has been used with precision against military targets in North Vietnam since the enemy launched its massive invasion across the demilitarized cone (DMZ) into South Vietnam last spring (1972).