M117 bomb

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M117
M117 bomb.jpg
Type free-fall general-purpose bomb
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service 1950's–present
Used by United States
Wars Korean War , Vietnam War
Production history
Variants M117R, M117D
Specifications
Weight 340 kg
Length 2.06 m-2.16 m
Diameter 408 mm

Maximum range changes by method of employment
Warhead Tritonal
Warhead weight 183 Kg
An F-100D of the 308th TFS, being loaded with Mk 117 750 lb bombs at Tuy Hoa, South Vietnam, in early 1966.

The M117 is a general-purpose bomb. It is dropped from the air by an airplane. It is used by United States military forces. The M117 was used for the first time in the Korean War in the early 1950s. Its nominal weight is 750 pounds (340 kg), but its actual weight, depending on fuze and delay options, is around 820 pounds (372 kg). Its explosive content is 403 pounds (183 kg) of Minol 2 or Tritonal. The M117 can also be used with a low-drag tail fin for medium and high-altitude bombing.[1]

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