Live fire tests of the Miniature Bomb to be used in fighters and unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV) in the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces were carried out. In the statement made by the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) on 12 September, the videos of the live fire test performed from an F-16 and various information about the 145 kg Miniature Bomb were shared.
As part of the Miniature Bomb Development Project, this munition developed by ASELSAN is attached to the wing hardpoint of an F-16 via a bomb rack. A single F-16 can carry a total of 8 Miniature Bombs, with 4 bombs on each of the 2 bomb racks. The INS/GPS-guided Miniature Bomb moves towards its target by deploying its wings after being dropped from a certain altitude. The bomb, which has a maximum range of 100 km. It could penetrate reinforced concrete with a thickness of 1 meter as long as it is within a range of 65 km.
Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries shared the following information in his statement on the subject: “The live fire tests of the Miniature Bomb are ongoing. 4 bombs can be carried on a single wing hardpoint of an F-16 using a multiple bomb rack. We aim to integrate the 145 kg Miniature Bomb, which will have two different warheads with penetrating or fragmentation effect, into our UCAVs.”