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Israel Military Industries expanding range of air-to-ground bombs

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Israel Military Industries (IMI) is expanding its range of air-to-ground weaponry, and the Israeli defense corporation is in varying stages of developments of three new types of bombs.

The new bombs include the MPR 1000 and MPR 2000 munitions, whose names signify their weight in pounds, and come with a significantly smaller blast and shrapnel radius than their counterparts in the MK 80 US equivalents, allowing for greater accuracy. The smaller blast radius means the bombs can reduce harm to noncombatants, and enable much closer air support for ground forces in battle arenas.

Additionally, the new bombs have the ability to penetrate reinforced concrete, and detonate with a delayed fuse when reaching their targets. This allows them to be used to target terrorist bunkers, or to pierce floors on a multi-story building before reaching the intended target.

The MPR 1000 can go through more than 1.5 meters of concrete, and the MPR 2000 has surpassed its original intended penetration capabilities in trials, IMI sources have said.

Clients that would purchase such bombs would likely assemble them attached to GPS systems, such as JDAM guidance kits.

The smaller MPR 250 bomb is also under an IMI development program.

The new bombs join the existing MPR-500


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