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Contractor: Boeing and Lockheed Martin A SH-60 Seahawk helicopter fires an AGM-1 14 Hellfire Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense. missile. AGM-1 19 Military Nomenclature: Name: Penguin Description: "fire and AGM-1 1 9 is a helicopter-launched anti-ship missile. A weapon, the launch helicopter can engage more than one ship The Penguin's guidance system can also identify and target the forget" at a time. The waterline of an enemy nation. The vessel. delayed-action fuze that allows 25 (AGM) Air-to-Ground Missiles 265-pound warhead has a missile's to penetrate the side of a ship before deto- it While devastating to small vessels, the Penguin can also sink medium- sized vessels and surfaced submarines.
Thermobaric explosives generate greater pressures than traditional explosives and heat wave the overpressure and in blast a confined space such as a tunnel of the thermobaric explosion will travel farther than that of a high explosive. Employment Considerations: employ the BLU- 1 1 8 in To defeat a vertical delivery or a skip ery attacks include exploding the bomb just and caves bomb outside the just inside cessful. The the cave entrance. first Two involves skipping a fuze into the entrance of a tunnel.
A Guide to Airborne Weapons by David F. Crosby