U.S. to India sale CBU105 type known as tank killer cluster bombs
American GBU -105 cluster bombs.
India, “News and Analysis Daily” reported on 11 December, the U.S. government has announced to sell India 521 CBU-105 cluster bombs news type . Allegedly, the deal a total of nearly $ 260 million from Textron Systems to undertake.
early as 2008, India made a purchase request to the United States, when the Pentagon said the United States Congress, these bombs will enhance India’s defense capability, primarily used against armored ground forces.
reported, CBU-105 cluster bombs are equipped with gear-type with a parachute, contains 10 computer-controlled, radar-guided sub-munitions to attack a range of armored targets.
military experts pointed out that the Indian Air Force Su-30MKI fighters to mount such a half-ton of cluster bombs. British “Flight International” Web site that the Indian Air Force’s “Jaguar” attack machine can also be mounted such large power weapons.
CBU-105 has a unique “sub-munitions precision strike capability” to attack tanks or armored vehicles, specifically the top part of the weak armor and can cause heavy losses of armored vehicles, is currently more advanced air-launched “tank killer. ” Experts generally believe that the Indian air force CBU-105 cluster bomb type, may significantly enhance its ground attack capability, in particular, can significantly offset the opponents armor advantage.
However, “Daily News and Analysis,” also reminded the United States and India, “As the legacy of cluster bomb sub-munitions can easily result in civilian casualties, the world has more than 100 countries signed the” Convention on Cluster Munitions ” India and the United States has not signed. ”