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Close Air Support Munitions

F-100 w Snake & Nape
Snake & Nape:   F-100 dropping Mk 82 Snakeye retarded bomb with BLU-1/B finned napalm canisters on the outboard pylons.   (USAF photo)   (Click image for larger view)

Mk82 LD bomb     U. S. General Purpose Bombs Used in Southeast Asia

MK80-series of GP Bombs (comparison image)

Aerial Munition Minimum Safe Distances

Weapon Type Weight (LB) Protected Troops Unprotected Troops
    MK 81 LD GP bomb 250 215 m 620 m
    MK 82 LD GP bomb 500 225 m 700 m
    MK 82 HD GP bomb 500 170 m 700 m
    M117 LD GP bomb 750 215 m 830 m
    M117 HD GP bomb 750 160 m 830 m
    MK 84 LD GP bomb 2,000 250 m 720 m
    M118 LD GP bomb 3,000 250 m 1,174 m
    Napalm incendiary   115 m ---
    CBU (except 24/49) cluster bomb   110 m 250 m
    CBU 24/49 cluster bomb   1,000 m 1,000 m
    Rockets 2.75 in.   215 m 215 m
    Guns 20mm   45 m ---

NOTE:   LD: Low drag (no retardation)     HD: High drag (" Snakeye" retardation fins)    • More

Appendix 2: General Air Munitions Data
Vietnam Lessons Learned No. 77: Fire Support Coordination in the Republic of Vietnam
United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, 20 May 1970

Additional Details on General Purpose (GP) Bombs

Links to additional Close Air Support information:

Description of the Tactical Air Control System (TACS)
• TACS Areas of Responsibility (AOR)

Primer on Close Air Support Procedures
• CAS Guide for Ground Commanders

Primer on CAS munitions

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