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Military Expert Explains Capabilities of New GLSDB Guided Bomb

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GLSDB is a GPS-guided bomb that can override electronic interference and is suitable for use in all weather conditions / Photo credit: SAAB
GLSDB is a GPS-guided bomb that can override electronic interference and is suitable for use in all weather conditions / Photo credit: SAAB

Ukraine will receive its first batch of Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bombs, a brand new long-range weapon made by Boeing that even the U.S. doesn’t have in its inventory

Serhiy Zgurets, director of the media and consulting company Defense Express, highlighted the versatile capabilities of the GLSDB guided munitions, recently acquired by Ukraine through Pentagon transfers

He shared it on Espreso TV channel.

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"The GLSDB is a highly precise munition set to be utilized by the Ukrainian army from standard HIMARS or MLRS launchers. It represents a novel long-range guided missile, integrating cruise-guided aerial bomb capabilities with the launch motor of existing legacy systems. With a range of 150 km, this addition provides us with two long-range systems in our arsenal. In comparison to HIMARS, it has increased power and accuracy, featuring a warhead weight of 90 kg – four times that of the current GMLRS ammunition in use," explained Zgurets.

A military expert highlighted the GLSDB's virtual invulnerability due to its protection against enemy electronic warfare systems.

"It maneuvers like a guided cruise missile on a complex trajectory, making it exceptionally challenging to intercept. The critical question revolves around the quantity of transferred ammunition. These new guided munitions, with their potent warhead, serve a versatile purpose, capable of demolishing bunkers, radars, and air defense systems. To be precise, they have multifunctional utility, ensuring a range of viable targets," emphasized Zgurets.

GLSDB (Ground Lanched Small Diameter Bomb) , Defense Express
GLSDB (Ground Lanched Small Diameter Bomb)

As reported earlier, the air-launched version was created in 2019, but despite successful tests, Boeing and Saab did not make a sale until the U.S. decided to donate it to Ukraine as part of an aid package.

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