The United States Air Force have recorded a ground-breaking fit in its level of artillery after successfully testing its 2000-pound ‘quicksink’ bomb.
The test which employed the use of Joint Direct Attack Munition was carried out by launching the modified artillery from an F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet before a preceding strike via the detonation of bomb placed beneath a vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.
However, the bomb had been made to engage moving targets thanks to a GPS-assisted Interial Navigation System.
Experts have likened the modified bomb to a torpedo—although a key disadvantage of a conventional torpedo will be its vulnerability to a counterattack; due to an ease in tracking down the submarines used.
Meanwhile Program Manager of AFRL, Kirk Herzog, have analysed the distinctness of the ‘Quicksink’ in his recent take.
‘A Navy submarine has the ability to launch and destroy a ship with a single torpedo at any time, but the ‘Quicksink’ [Joint Capability Technology Demonstration] aims to develop a low-cost method of achieving torpedo-like kills from the air at a much higher rate and over a much larger area,’ he explained.
Thanks to the collective efforts of AFRL, the 780th Test Squadron of the 96th Test Wing, and the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron if the 53rd Wing, the bomb will prove useful in neutralising naval threats.
The test was watched by stakeholders through camera feeds from aerial platforms.