Using the power of gravity and 660-pound concrete training bombs, France is pulverizing Libyan tanks while avoiding civilian casualties.
With fighting taking place in Libyan cities and towns, using large explosives is often out of the picture. The U.S. is using Small Diameter Bombs, which have a lower blast radius, but France is taking this a step further with bombs that don’t blow up at all.
The training bombs, are basically slabs of concrete formed in the shape of regular bombs, with the regular tail fins to help them glide at their targets. They’re ideal for training as they cost less and won’t level the training grounds.
The bombs were used for training exercises during World War II (the image above is of German training bombs), and the U.S. also deployed them in Iraq to avoid civilian casualties.
According to Defense Tech, France is still using its laser guidance systems to keep the bombs on target, as “a near miss with a concrete bomb won’t get you much.”
Concrete bombs are highly effective in destroying single targets, yet cause little to no damage to surrounding objects. Check out the video below demonstrating the difference in collateral damage between a concrete training bomb and a regular explosive bomb:
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Photo Credit: WW2 German air force bombs. L to R, 250kg SC250, two 250kg concrete practice bombs, 50kg concrete practice bombs (edge of photo to right). The red circle on top of the bombs is well for the detonator. (Flightsoffancy (talk). Original uploader was Flightsoffancy at en.wikipedia)