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2018-03-16

 

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DEMOLITION  &  PENETRATION  BOMBS

 
  Sources : (various)  
 

INTRODUCTION

"Demolition Bombs" should be understood as extra heavy  bombs, with a high explosive content but still non-nuclear.  Nowadays, only the GBU-43/B, GBU-57/B and BLU-82/B might be considered as part of the category, although these were designed for more precise purposes (area clearing or deep penetration).  Historically however, they were quite a few, some well known, some less advertised.  In Atlantic Air Combat™, demolition bombs are intended to deliver a big bang, satisfy those who enjoy to watch it, and naturally address particular targets.  All AAC™ demolition bombs are based on real items, mainly of WWII vintage, and the purpose of this page is to assemble some background data regarding these items.  There is no intent to mislead anyone here, so should a reader spot an error, a discrepency of any kind, a lack of source, please feel free to get in touch with us at pierre.deveaux@laposte.net as all constructive remarks are welcome.

ATLANTIC AIR COMBAT™ BOMBERS

Not all AAC bombers are associated with demolition bombs.  Several AAC™ landbased, carrier-based or seaplane aircrafts are referred to in the tables below, some with a * indicating the type has subvariants or a * indicating aircrafts carrying warloads externally.

- - AAC/ID Name Ref -
BB ARG24B2 Conqueror IAe24 Calquin
ASW CC107AS Argon CL-28 Argus
BB SE-18BB B๖d๖ Saab-18 /
BB BB17G60 Castle B-17G Fortress
BB BB24L40 Liberation B-24L Liberator
BB BB25J30 Mobilize B-25J Mitchell
BB BB26K85 Invasion B-26B Invader
BB BB29G85 Supercastle B-50D Superfortress
BB BB36H55 Peacekeeper B-36H Peacemaker
Jet Axial BB BB47E65 Astrojet B-47E Stratojet
Jet Axial BB BB49A10 Shaddow B-49A Flying Wing
Jet Axial BB BB52J1* Stratocastle B-52B Stratofortress
Jet Axial BB BB58A10* Hassler B-58A Hustler
Jet Axial BB BB66B10 Destructor B-66A Destroyer
Jet Axial BB BB70A10 Formidable B-70A Valkyrie
ASW P1V2D45 Nemrod P1V2 Harpoon
ASW P2V5G65 Poseidon P2V5 Neptune
ASW TBM3E10 Revenger TBM3E Avenger
BB SB2C5E1 Hellmaker SB2C5 Helldiver
BB A1J2B1* Mayhem AJ-2 Savage
Jet Axial BB A3D2B10 Destructor A3D2B Skywarrior
Jet Axial ASW P4M5E30 Seafarer-1 PBM5A Mariner
Jet Axial ASW P5M2B15 Seafarer-2 P5M2A Marlin
Jet Axial BB P6M2A05 Seafarer-3 P6M2 Sea Master
- - AAC/ID Name Ref -
BB HK111H6 Hector He-111 (Heinkel)
BB HK177C* Grit He-177B5 Greif
BB AR683B7 Lancastar A683 Lancaster
ASW AR683M3 Lancamar A683 Lancaster
BB AR694B2 LincolnStar A694 Lincoln
ASW AR696AS ShackleStar A696 Shackleton
Jet Axial BB BL103S2 Sea Bastion B103 Buccaneer.S2
Jet Axial BB EE1B*B2 Cavendish - Canberra
Jet Axial BB AR698B1 Volcaneous A698 Vulcan
Jet Axial BB HP800B1 Victorious HP.80 Victor
Jet Axial BB SC452*1 Autour SO.4050 Vautour
Jet Axial BB MD580B4* Chimere IVA MD.580 Mirage IVA
Jet Axial BB BE10BMP Mellow Be-10 Mallow
Jet Centrifugal BB IH28B15 Boggle Il-28A Beagle
Jet Centrifugal BB IH28N20 Boggle Il-28A Beagle
Jet Axial BB MY44B22 Busy My-4M Bison
Jet Axial BB MY50B52 Bowler My-50 Bounder
BB TP02B10 Bet Tu-2 Bat
BB TP04B10 Bust Tu-4 Bull
Jet Centrifugal BB TP14B10 Bottom Tu-14T Bosun
Jet Axial BB TP16B1A Barter Tu-16A Badger
Jet Axial BB TP22B10 Binder Tu-22B Blinder
Turboprop Contraprop 8 blades BB TP95B12 Bore Tu-95M Bear
Jet Axial BB YK28B10 Bravour Yak-28B Brewer-A

BRITISH DEMOLITION BOMBS - Illustrations : GIF - JPG

All British demolition bombs are of WWII vintage, and it is assumed that the Tallboy and Grand Slam bombs are well known.  Designed by Sir Wallis with the purpose to put away hardened submarine shelters, they were used against a wider array of targets, among them the Tirpitz which was sunk by several Grand Slam direct hits.  Mainly used by the A-683 Lancaster, some were also part of the Short Stirling armament.

It is not known by AAC authors whether these bombs were taken into account when British manufacturers designed bombers post war.  Seemingly, the Handley Page Victor bomb bay design allowed for two Tallboys internally, or one Grand Slam, and the US the B-36 was also designed around the Tallboy (T-10), Grand Slam (T-14) and Cloud Maker (T-12) heavy bombs.

But there were other ranges of British demolition bombs before the Earth Quake ones came on the scene : the so called Medium Capacity or High Capacity bombs, supplemented by a general purpose 4,000lb bomb.  Here are more details about these weapons :

Bombs # Mk Weight Ratio Filling ุ Body L/Total L/Body Walls Tail L Tail W 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945
2000lb HC I 1842 lb 73% 1340 lb 18.50" 162.00" 99.50" 0.19" 60.00" 18.60" 194 - - - -
2000lb HC II-III 1723 lb 71% 1230 lb 18.50" 131.00" 89.00" 0.19" 40.00" 17.90" - 2220 6635 16227 6103
4000lb GP I-II 3587 lb 30% 1076 lb 24.50" 106.50" 79.30" 1.35" 23.50" - - - 217 - -
4000lb MC I-II 3764 lb 61% 2283 lb 30.00" 109.50" 74.50" 0.75" 33.00" 30.00" - - - - -
4000lb HC II-VI 3930 lb 76% 2987 lb 30.00" 110.00" 82.00" 0.31" 27.00" 29.00" 531 4335 25476 38035 24868
8000lb HC I-II 7860 lb 68% 5345 lb 38.00" 133.60" 95.00" 0.50" 36.50"
64.00"
37.80" - 32 425 572 123
12000lb HC I-II 11936 lb 80% 9549 lb 38.00" 196.00" 142.50" 0.50" 36.50"
64.00"
38.00" - - - 97 73
Bombs 2000-lb HC
Mk I
2000-lb HC
Mk II-III
4000-lb GP
Mk I-II
4000-lb MC
Mk I-II
4000-lb HC
Mk II-VI
8000-lb HC
Mk I-II
12000-lb HC
Mk I-II
Construction Cast Steel Cast Steel Cast Steel Cast Steel Cast Steel Cast Steel Cast Steel
Total length 4.1148 m 3.3274 m 2.7051 m 2.7813 m 2.7940 m 3.3940 m 4.9784 m
Body length 2.5273 m 2.2606 m 2.0142 m 1.8923 m 2.0828 m 2.4130 m 3.6195 m
Body diameter 0.4699 m 0.4699 m 0.6223 m 0.7620 m 0.7620 m 0.9652 m 0.9652 m
Wall thickness 0.0048 m 0.0048 m 0.0342 m 0.019 cm 0.0780 m 0.0127 m 0.0127 m
Tail width 0.4724 m 0.4547 m - 0.7620 m 0.7366 m 0.9001 m 0.9652 m
Tail length 1.524 m 1.016 m 0.5969 m 0.8382 m 0.6858 m 0.9271 m-1.6256 m 0.9271 m-1.6256 m
Filling
Amatol 1340 lb
Amatol 1230 lb
Amatol 1070 lb
Amatol 2283 lb
Amatol 2987 lb
Amatex9 5361 lb
Amatex9   8040 lb
Weight 1842 lb 1723 lb 3587 lb 3764 lb 3930 lb 7860 lb 11936 lb
Filling ratio 73% 71% 30% 61% 75% 68% 67%
Filling
- -
Torpex 1860 lb
- -
TNT 2265 lb
Torpex 3294 lb
Torpex 5850 lb
Torpex   8760 lb
Weight - 2353 lb - 3863 lb 4264 lb 8349 lb 12656 lb
Filling ratio - 79% - 59% 77% 69% 70%
WWII Vintage Dim lbs Notes '41 '42 '43 '44 '45 AAC™
ุ : 0.467
L : 2.261
1230
1723
HC _2000
A-683
194 2220 6635 16227 6103 HC020
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ุ : 0.763
L : 2.794
3930
2987
HC _4000
A-683
531 4335 25476 38035 24868 HC040
AR683
AR694
AR696
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EE1BB
V706B
AR698
HP800
ุ : 0.965
L : 3.393
7860
5345
HC _8000
A-683
– 32 425 572 123 HC080
AR683
AR694
AR696
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EE1BB
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ุ : 0.965
L : 4.750
11936
_9549
HC 12000
A-683
– – – 97 73 HC120
AR683
AR694
AR696
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EE1BB
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ุ : 0.965
L : 6.401
12000
_5200
Tallboy
A-683
– – – 421 300 12T10
AR683
AR694
BB36H
BB49A
BB52J
P6M2A
EE1BB
MD580
ุ : 1.168
L : 8.077
22000
_9136
Grand Slam
A-683
– – – – 42 22T14
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US DEMOLITION BOMBS

Besides several British designs being present in the US arsenal, the Americans had a couple of their own during WWII : the 4,750lb M56/AN and the Pumpkin bomb which was made out of a Fat Man shell (the Nagasaki atomic bomb) filled with explosives of which several were dropped over Japan.

Post war, the 3,000 lb M118 bomb was developped, and it is here associated with the category.  In Atlantic Air Combat™, the Mk90A nuclear depth charge is absent, but its shell is fictionally filled with explosive to make it a 4,000 lb demolition bomb of a diameter slightly smaller than the Mk56.

The Pumpkin bomb, here designated 13T13, is the main US demolition bomb in AAC™, with the 44,000 lb T-12 (44T12 in AAC™ parlance) just too large.  True, the AAC™ version of the B-36 has yet to be defined at this date (May, 2017), but it is believed that the Tall Boy is large enough for game purposes.

The conemporary equivalent are only shown for visual reference.  The list of aircraft is non exhaustive.

WWII Vintage Dim lbs Notes '41 '42 '43 '44 '45 AAC™
ุ: 0.864
L: 2.980
4750
3721
Mk56/AN
B-17, B-24
?.. ?.. ?.. ?.. ?.. Mk056
AR683
AR694
A1J2B
A3D2B
BB66B
P6M2A
BB49A
BB52J
ุ: 1.530
L: 3.270
11780
_6300
Pumpkin
B-29, B-36
// // // // 49 13T13
BB29G
BB36H
A1J2B
A3D2B
BB66B
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BB49A
BB52J
Post War - 1950s - 1960s Dim lbs Notes '40s '50s '60s '70s 2000 AAC™
ุ: 0.965
L: 6.401
12000
_5200
T10:Tallboy
 B-36, B-49
'40s >> >> // // 12T10
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ุ: 0.965
L: 6.401
12000
_5200
VB-13 Tarzon
 B-29, B-50
– '50s >> // // 12T10
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ุ: 1.168
L: 8.077
22000
_9136
T14:Gd-Slam
 B-36, B-49
1945-1958 // // // 22T14
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ุ: 0.965
L: 6.121
25000
_4200
T28E1:Amazon
 B-29, A683
1947-1954 // // // 25TE1
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ุ: 0.813
L: 7.188
25200
_3900
T28E2:Samson
 B-29, A683
1947-1954 // // // 25TE2
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ุ: 0.813
L: 7.747
25300
_7100
T28E4:Samson
 B-29, A683
1947-1954 // // // 25TE4
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ุ: 1.372
L: 8.179
43600
22000
T12:Cloud-M
 B-36, B-49
1948-1958 // // // 44T12
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ุ: 0.609
L: 2.300
3000
1974
T55:M118
 F-105
– '50s >> >> // Mk118
AR683
AR694
A1J2B
A3D2B
BB57B
BB66B
BB49A
BB52J
ุ: 0.785
L: 3.175
4000
2860
Mk90A
P5M-2
– '50s // // // DC090
AR683
AR694
A1J2B
A3D2B
BB66B
P6M2A
BB49A
BB52J
Recent Large Ordnance Dim lbs Notes '40s '50s '60s '70s 2000 AAC™
ุ: 1.400
L: 3.600
15000
12600
BLU-82/B
C-130
– – – 1970s // n/a
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ุ: 1.030
L: 9.188
Yield 
17200
_8500
11448
GBU-43/B
C-130
– – – – 2003 n/a
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ุ:0.800
L:6.200
30000
_5300
GBU-57/B
B-2A
– – – – 2011 n/a
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GERMAN DEMOLITION BOMBS

In Atlantic Air Combat, two German WWII vintage bombers are present : the HK111H6 in Spanish colors, and the HK177C2/C3 in Swedish and Swiss colors with the latter type associated with various demolition bombs, among them the SC2500 of German origin

WWII Vintage Dim lbs Notes '41 '42 '43 '44 '45 AAC™
    ุ: 0.660
L: 2.070
1100
_610
LM-A
a/c
- - - - - LMA11 --- --- --- ---
    ุ: 0.660
L: 2.985
2175
1500
LM-B
a/c
- - - - - LMB22 --- --- --- ---
  "Hermann" ุ: 0.660
L: 2.537
2200
1320
SC-1000
a/c
- - - - - SC1K0 --- --- --- ---
    ุ: 0.660
L: 2.781
2460
1402
SC-1200
a/c
- - - - - SC1K2 --- --- --- ---
  "Satan" ุ: 0.660
L: 3.500
3965
2185
SC-1800
a/c
- - - - - SC1K8 --- --- --- ---
    ุ: 0.660
L: 3.480
4295
2145
SC-2000
a/c
- - - - - SC2K0 --- --- --- ---
  "Max" ุ: 0.813
L: 3.918
5285
2900
SC-2500
a/c
- - - - - SC2K5 He177 He177 --- ---

USSR DEMOLITION BOMBS

During the war, the Soviet Union developped a 5 ton bomb (FAB-5000 M-43) of which short of a hundred were produced.  Seemingly only 15 were dropped during the war, either on German targets or on Helsinki.  Immediately after the war, a couple of weapons were developped that might be considered as demolition bombs, the FAB-3000-M46, the FAB-5000-M46, the FAB-6000-M46 about which very little has surface, and the extravagant FAB-9000-M46.  These lead the way to improved designs in the 1950s, intended to address industrial facilities or ships at sea in armor piercing variants.  These heavy weight bombs were used in consideral numbers during the war in Afghanistan.

WWII Vintage Dim lbs ФАБ '41 '42 '43 '44 '45 AAC™
ุ: 1.000
L: 5.100
11200
_7476
5000-M43
a/c
– – 10 5 – 43K50
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ุ: 0.820
L: 3.332
6580
3086
3000-M46
a/c
– – – – – 46K30
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ุ: 1.060
L: 3.324
11000
_7054
5000-M46
a/c
– – – – – 46K50
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ุ: 1.060
L: 4.074
13150
_8547
6000-M46
a/c
– – – – – 46K60
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ุ: 1.168
L: 8.128
22000
_9138
9000-M46
a/c
– – – – – 46K90
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1950s Dim lbs ФАБ '50 '60 '70 Afghanistan '90 AAC™
ุ: 0.580
L: 3.000
3414
1487
1500-M54
a/c
– – – – – 54K15
TP02B
TP04B
IH28B
TP14B
TP16B
TP22B
MY44B
TP95B
ุ: 0.750
L: 3.100
6744
3055
3000-M54
a/c
– – – – – 54K30
TP02B
TP04B
IH28B
TP14B
TP16B
TP22B
MY44B
TP95B
ุ: 0.642
L: 3.107
10800
_4875
5000-M54
a/c
– – – – – 54K50
TP02B
TP04B
IH28B
TP14B
TP16B
TP22B
MY44B
TP95B
ุ: 1.120
L: 5.050
20739
_9473
9000-M54
a/c
– – – 389 – 54K90
TP02B
TP04B
IH28B
TP14B
TP16B
TP22B
MY44B
TP95B
Recent Dim lbs Notes 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . AAC™
ุ: ?.????
L: ?.????
15650
44000
AVBPM
– – – – – n/a
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