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The GBU-38/B is a 500lb JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) manufactured by Boeing using the Mk82 bomb body. Composed of a MK-82 with the joint direct attack munitions guidance system, the GBU-38 is considered a lightweight compared to most of the other munitions loaded on F-16s.



As of mid-2002 the GBU-38 (500 lb. MK-82 GP) JDAM was in development and undergoing flight testing. Projects on the Heritage Hornet include Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infra-red (ATFLIR) adjacent weapons separation, FZU-61 arming lanyard flight clearance, and GBU-38 MK-82 JDAM testing. By 2005 the Air Force plans to add the GBU-38 500lb Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) to the turboprop-powered Predator B, designated MQ-9B by the US Air Force and referred to as the Hunter-Killer.

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The missiles included Tomahawk naval-based missiles, a highly accurate, GPS-enabled precision weapon which has been used more than 2,000 times in combat, as well as GBU-38 guided air bombs fired from the B-1B, F-15 and F-16 aircraft. The British Tornados launched eight Scalp EG missiles.
As evident by the available data, 103 cruise missiles have been launched, including Tomahawk naval-based missiles as well as GBU-38 guided air bombs fired from the B-1B; the F-15 and F-16 aircraft launched air-to-surface missiles. The Tornado airplanes of the UK RAF launched eight Scalp EG missiles ...

According to Sergey Rudskoy, Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, the Syrian air defense forces intercepted 71 out of the 103 missiles launched on Syria, including Tomahawks launched by Laboon and Monterey ships, GBU-38 bombs launched by ...
... with SCALP naval land attack cruise missiles (SCALP the French military's name for the Storm Shadow), as well as several Dassault Rafale fighters, also typically armed with SCALP or Apache cruise missiles. According to the Russian defense ministry, the B-1Bs also fired GBU-38 guided air bombs.
MOSCOW, April 14. /TASS/. Syria has intercepted 71 out of 103 cruise missiles fired by the United States and its allies, Head of the Russian General Staff's Main Operations Department Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi said on Saturday. "According to available information, a total of 103 cruise missiles were fired…
A single Reaper conducted a deliberate strike against a Taliban narcotics facility with four GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (a GPS-assisted munition only recently added to the Reaper's arsenal) and then transitioned to an intelligence-gathering mission. Unlike the Predator of 2001, this aircraft was ...

It has also been cleared for the carriage of two GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs and the GBU-38 500 lb variant of the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), and for mixed loads of these weapons. To date, the Reaper has been employed for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and ...
Airmen work to assemble a number of 500-pound class GBU-38/B JDAMs. The BLU-134/B cast ductile iron bomb could become a new warhead option for these GPS-guided weapons. To further improve their effectiveness, the final BLU-134/Bs and -136/Bs have a special height-of-burst sensor-enabled ...
The GBU-31 is a 2,000-pound bomb, with the smaller GBU-38 packing a 500-pound warhead. Either can use Global Positioning System guidance to hit within about 35 feet of a target. Let's just say your day won't go well after that, nor will you have any chance of future improvement. Its stealth technology ...
Based on what we'd seen, their primary weapons had been 500-pound class GBU-38/B JDAMs, GBU-12/B Paveway II laser-guided bombs, and GBU-58/B dual-mode laser JDAMs. AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missiles and rocket pods loaded with laser-guided 70mm Advanced Precision Kill Weapon ...

These weapons often had the BLU-109/B penetrating warhead, which could break through the roof of a concrete building before exploding within for maximum damage. The service quickly decided to save weapons like the GBU-38(V)4/B and 5/B “for expected urban fights” such as the liberation of Fallujah ...
The US Air Force's (USAF) 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing and the 26th Weapons Squadron (WPS) has successfully fired two GBU-38 joint direct attack munitions (JDAMs) from an MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft (RPA). The trials were conducted as the JDAM is being added to the air ...
An MQ-9 Reaper is loaded with a GBU-12 laser-guided bomb on the left and a GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition on the right April 13, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. The JDAM is a GPS guided munition which brings added capability to the warfighters, specifically by aircrews being able to employ ...
CREECH AIR FORCE BASE: The Air Force has added the Joint Direct Attack Munition (GBU-38) a GPS-guided bomb, to the Reaper drone force, dropping the first one in a combat strike in Operation Inherent Resolve on Thursday. Lt. Col. David, director of the Creech Wing Operations Center, told me in a ...
The unmanned aircraft is larger than its MQ-1 Predator drone cousin, features laser designators for dropping GBU-12 Paveway II bombs, a synthetic aperture radar for integrating GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and the capability to carry an armament of four Hellfire air-to-ground anti-armor and ...
The unmanned aircraft is larger than its MQ-1 Predator drone cousin, features laser designators for dropping GBU-12 Paveway II bombs, a synthetic aperture radar for integrating GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and the capability to carry an armament of four Hellfire air-to-ground anti-armor and ...
It has also been cleared for the carriage of two GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs and the GBU-38 500 lb variant of the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), and for mixed loads of these weapons. To date, the Reaper has been employed for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and ...


 

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