DSEI 2017

Multiple warhead penetrator [DSEI17D4]

15 September 2017

Turkish armament specialist Makina ve Kimya Endustris Kurumu (MKEK, Stand N6-210) is showing its NEB multiple-warhead penetration bomb.

The weapon has been developed to match the form factor, weight distribution and ballistic characteristics of the NATO-standard Mk 84 2,000lb (907kg) general-purpose warhead, simplifying carriage by Western aircraft types. This also allows it to be fitted with the same precision-guidance kits as employed by the Mk 84, such as the JDAM and Turkish HGK GPS/ inertial kits, and the Paveway laser-guidance system.

Inside the outer shell, MKEK has devised a multi-warhead system that comprises an augmenting charge that clears soil overmatter before a shaped-charge detonates to punch a hole through concrete.

In the centre of the bomb is a follow-through warhead that flies through the hole before detonating inside the space behind the concrete. The followthrough warhead has a tail in the fuze that can have variable programmed time delays.

This arrangement offers excellent concrete penetration capability even at low impact velocities and less-than-optimal impact angles.

Penetration performance is 2.8m against 35MPa reinforced concrete. While the bomb offers capability against underground facilities such as bunkers, command centres and ammunition storage, it is also effective against hardened aircraft shelters. Other target sets include runways, bridges and critical buildings.

The augmenting charge section has preformed fragments to give fragmentation effects against secondary surface area targets such as parked aircraft, radar sites and industrial facilities.

NEB has been qualified for use with the F-4E-2020 Phantom and F-16 aircraft that are operated by the Turkish air force. It is also being qualified for use with the F-15 Eagle, a process that is due to be completed this year.

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