British company Hunting Engineering has started work on a project to improve the accuracy of bombs dropped by the Royal Air Force.
The company is working on new bomb tail units to improve the performance of 1,000 lb and 540 lb bombs in the RAF’s inventory.
The aim is to limit the damage bombs cause to non-targeted areas in situations such as the conflict in Bosnia, where conventional high explosive bombs were inappropriate.
Hunting builds the No. 117 and No. 118 retarding tails for the 1,000lb and 540lb bombs, which slow down and control their descent trajectories. Under a Ministry of Defence request for information (RFI), the firm is working to provide low-cost improvements in accuracy and effectiveness and to cut the amount of time an aircraft has to fly over a target. Other firms, including British Aerospace, may also respond to this RFI.
‘All of this work is aimed at cutting down collateral damage and cutting down the number of bombs dropped,’ said a spokesman for Hunting.