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2017-11-20

 

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VB - VERTICAL BOMBS SERIES

 
Source : www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app1/vb.html
 

INTRODUCTION

The VB bombs were unpowered guided bombs which, contrary to glide bombs, didn't offer any stand-off release capacity.  In effect, they were "vertical bombs".  Developped from 1942 these weapons were based on existing general purpose bombs with a modifed tail assembly incorporating movable surfaces allowing remote control of the bomb (when radio-guided from the launching aircraft) or self-directing toward the target (when equipped with the appropriate sensors).

To allow the operator to effectively guide the weapon toward its target, the VB-bomb were equipped with a bright flare on its tail or, later, with radar or TV sensors, with the operator then relying on the transmitted information to direct the VB weapon.

Corrective commands were initially restricted to azimuth only or lateral course ("Azon") with later development also allowing alteration to the vertical course, thus affecting range ("Razon").  A secondary branch of the VB family incorporated sensors allowing some of these weapons to enter the "fire & forget" family of weapons.  Finally, a USN guided bomb should bed added to this USAAF range of weapons, the ASM-4 Dove which was a further development of the USAAF VB-6 Felix.

VB Series Name Images Guidance Base Weapon Ø Length Weight HE Sensor Prod. Service Combat
VB-1 Azon VB-1 radio M-65

1,000 lb bomb

18.80" 67.10" 1,000 lb 530 lb /

15271

1944-1945 WWII
VB-2 Azon VB-2 radio M-66

2,000 lb bomb

23.30" 90.40" 2,000 lb 1033 lb no

132

1944-1945 WWII
VB-3 Razon VB-3 radio M-65

1,000 lb bomb

18.80" 67.10" 1,000 lb 530 lb /

3150

1945-1951 Korea
VB-4 Razon VB-4 radio M-66

2,000 lb bomb

23.30" 90.40" 2,000 lb 1033 lb /

few

1945-1951 Korea
VB-5 - - autonomous M-65

1,000 lb bomb

18.80" 67.10" 1,000 lb 530 lb light contrast ~ (1945) -
VB-6 Felix VB-6 autonomous M-65

1,000 lb bomb

18.80" 67.10" 1,000 lb 530 lb infra-red ~ (1945) -
ASM4 Dove ASM4 autonomous M-65

1,000 lb bomb

18.80" 67.10" 1,000 lb 530 lb infra-red (20) (1949-1952) -
VB-7 Razon - radio M-65

1,000 lb bomb

18.80" 67.10" 1,000 lb 530 lb TV ~ (1945) -
VB-8 Razon - radio M-65

1,000 lb bomb

18.80" 67.10" 1,000 lb 530 lb TV ~ (1945) -
VB-9 Razon VB-9 radio M-65

1,000 lb bomb

18.80" 67.10" 1,000 lb 530 lb radar ~ (1945) -
VB10 Razon VB10 radio M-65

1,000 lb bomb

18.80" 67.10" 1,000 lb 530 lb TV ~ (1945) -
VB11 Razon - autonomous M-65

1,000 lb bomb

18.80" 67.10" 1,000 lb 530 lb infra-red ~ (1945) -
VB12 Razon - radio M-65

1,000 lb bomb

18.80" 67.10" 1,000 lb 530 lb / ~ (1945) -
VB13 Tarzon VB13 radio M109

12,000 lb bomb

38" 252" 13,100 lb 5100 lb no ~ 1948-1951 Korea

THE VERTICAL BOMBS IN ATLANTIC AIR COMBAT™

The principle will be somewhat perverted  for gaming purposes, with 2,000 lb class bombs donned with "infra-red" sensors in order to obtain a fire & forget weapon.  The same could apply to larger bombs, like the 12T10 (inspired by the Tallboy) to mimick the VB13 Tarzon  and will be applied to equivalent Soviet weapons.

 
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