Smart Bombs: Russia's New Weapon Equips Bombers with Precision



by SEDEDIN DEDOVIC

Smart Bombs: Russia's New Weapon Equips Bombers with Precision
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The Russian military has begun mass training of pilots to use aerial bombs with universal planning and correction modules, a source told Sputnik. The training will take place at one of the training centers of the Russian Aerospace Forces and will use a batch of Su-34 bombers.

The universal module for planning and correction has already been tested in the zone of "special military operations" in Ukraine, the source said. The module is said to be highly effective and can be used to hit targets with high precision, including enemy army groups, temporary bases, fortifications, and command posts.

The module can be installed on a conventional bomb, turning it into a guided munition. The module has a control system that automatically guides the ammunition to the target. For example, with such a system, an ordinary FAB-500 aircraft bomb becomes highly accurate.

Currently, bombs with universal planning and correction modules of 250, 500, and 1,500 kilograms are used in the zone of special military operations. They are launched by the Su-34 bomber.

The Su-34 bomber can carry 8000 tons of weapons

The Su-34 bomber is designed to destroy land, surface, and air targets at any time of the day and in all weather conditions.

The plane's crew consists of two people. The bomber can carry up to 8,000 tons of weapons on 12 external undercarriage racks. In the NVO version, the Su-34 received a new weapon. The aircraft's avionics and its capabilities for reconnaissance, guidance, and targeting have also been improved.

The training of pilots to use aerial bombs with universal planning and correction modules is expected to increase the number of pilots who can use the mentioned ammunition and will increase attacks by 'smart aerial bombs' in the zone of special military operations against Ukrainian military facilities.

The use of "smart bombs" is a significant development in the Ukraine war. It will allow Russia to target Ukrainian military facilities with greater precision and reduce the risk of civilian casualties. This could have a major impact on the course of the war.

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