Giant Bomb Hits Small Boat, No Kill Like Overkill [Photos]

Nobody knows what that poor boat did to deserve getting hit with a giant bomb, but got hit it did.

GBU-10 about to hit small boat

Looks like you're gonna get as far away from that bomb as you can.  (Image Source:  US Air Force)

What you see above is not photoshopped.  It is in fact something that happened recently.  That little boat is about 6 hundredths of a second away from being blown to pieces by that giant bomb.  There are in fact reasons for blowing up said boat that have very little to do with the boat, and everything to do with where the bomb came from a B-1B bomber.  Still, in situations like these, there is no kill like overkill.

This photo was taken in the Gulf of Mexico by members of the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron of the United States Air Force, based at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas, on September 6.  The photo was taken as part of testing for the B-1B Lancer bomber, one of the mainstays of the Air Force bomber fleet.  The B-1Bs, known by pilots as "Bones," are primarily known for being supersonic bombers capable of striking targets very quickly with the utmost precision.  However, after switching from carrying nukes to carrying more conventional bombs, the B-1B has been primarily focused on hitting land-based targets, and the Air Force wants to prove it can do more than that.

Thus, the 337th TES was assigned to attack boats in the Gulf of Mexico in a "maritime tactics development and evaluation," with the express purpose of detecting, targeting, and whacking small boats.  By completing this evaluation, the B-1B would be shown as a reliable bomber in hitting small targets at sea using the current weapons available.  The tactics development and evaluation required using various different bombs and other ordinance, including 500 lb and 1-ton JDAM-equipped bombs and one GBU-54 laser-guided bomb.  The bomb shown in this photo is a GBU-10 laser-guided smart bomb, its winglets fully extended.

Nobody knows what the poor boat did to deserve being used as the target of a giant laser-guided bomb.  All that is certain is that the bomb hit the boat, and there is nothing left save particles of wood and fiberglass.  The test proved to be a success, and may indicate that the B-1B may be used in such future missions as combating piracy off the Somali coast line, where pirates regularly use small boats to raid tankers and cargo ships with impunity.  That boat's destruction may not be in vain.

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