Aerojet   Cluster

B o m b s
  Honeywell

Specifications       The CBU-87/B Combined Effects Munitions (CEM) is an all-purpose, air-delivered cluster weapons system. A total of 202 Combined Effects Bomb (CEB) -- effective against armor, personnel and material -- are loaded in each dispenser enabling a single payload attack against a variety and wide area coverage. It is an area denial cluster weapon. This single payload is optimized against both lightly armored vehicles and personnel, in one highly effective submunition. The CBU-87 is a 1,000-pound, Combined Effects Munition for attacking soft target areas with detonating bomblets. The CBU-87 CEM, an all-purpose, air-delivered cluster weapons system, consists of a SW-65 Tactical Munitions Dispenser (TMD) with an optional FZU-39 proximity sensor.

The footprint for the CBU-87 is approximately 200 meters by 400 meters. The CEM dispenses the 202 bomblets over an area patch of 800 feet by 400 feet. The body of the submunition is cylindrical in shape, approximately 20 centimeters long, and has a 6 centimeter diameter. It is bright yellow when new. The original Cyclotol explosive has been replaced with PBXN-107 explosive in the IM BLU-97.

"Combined Effects Munition ("CEM") system" means any unguided, air-delivered cluster bomb of the 1000-pound class designated by the United States Department of Defense as CBU-87, including but not limited to CBU-87/B, CBU-87(D-2)/B, CBU-87(T-1)/B, CBU-87(T-2)/B, CBU-87(T-3)/B, CBU-87A/B, CBU-87B/B, and CBU-87C/B. Each CEM system consists of a cluster of 202 anti-armor, anti-personnel and incendiary bomblets that disperse over a discrete area and explode upon impact; a tactical munitions dispenser; a proximity sensor; and a shipping and storage container.

The CBU-87 was used extensively for interdiction during Desert Storm. During Desert Storm the US Air Force dropped 10,035 CBU-87s. During Allied Force the US dropped about 1,100 cluster bombs, and most of these were CBU-87s. The dud rate for a standard cluster was approximately five percent. By the end of November 2001, a total of 600 cluster bombs had been dropped over Afghanistan, consisting of 450 BLU-103 and 150 BLU-87 munitions.

Contractor Aerojet General / Honeywell
Weight: 950 pounds
Length: 92 inches
Diameter: 15.6 inches
Guidance: None
Control: Spin [6 selections]
Autopilot: None
Propulsion: None
Warhead: 202 BLU-97/B Combined Effects Bomb (CEB)
anti-personnel / anti-materiel
shaped-charge fragmentation & incendiary
Fuse: Integral part of dispenser
12 time selections
FZU-39/B proximity sensor
10 height-of-burst selections
Aircraft 6 F-4, F-15, 4 F-16, 8 F-111
4 A-7, 4 A-10, 30 B-52
Unit List Price $13,941
[$ FY90] [7,922 : 09/10/ 05]

Extracts from www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/dumb/cbu-87.htm and www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/dumb/cluster.htm