Snake Eye Bomb
Since 1964, the unguided high- explosive bombs (Low-drag general-purpose bomb; LDGP) of the type Mk.81 to Mk.83 , which have a tail cone with air brake surfaces, have been designated as snake eye bombs ( German snake eye bomb ) .
The Snake Eye bombs are the most widely used and sold US bombs. The bombs are used by all NATO countries and other countries.
The special Mk.15 rear set has four air brake surfaces that fold out in a cross shape, which, due to the greatly increased air resistance, ensure a slower rate of fall. The bombs are equipped with a brake tail unit for dropping from a low height. This is intended to reduce the risk of damage to the aircraft being dropped. The fragmentation effect of the bomb shell has the largest share in the destructive power. In the meantime, the Snake Eye are no longer in use by the US armed forces, as they have been replaced by the balloon-like BSU-85 / B "AIR" (Air Inflatable Retarder) delay kits for the Mk.81-83 series.
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