Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Monday, May 05, 2003

Info on a new weapon unveiled in Iraq.

A modified Wind-Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD) packed with 3,700 non-explosive penetrator rods made its first combat appearance in Iraq after a rushed 98-day, $40 million development effort, a U.S. Air Force official said May 2.

The Air Force is only now disclosing details of the new CBU-107 Passive Attack Weapon (PAW), which a senior acquisition official first made public in testimony before House lawmakers last month.

The 1,000-pound class weapon is designed to strike unshielded targets where explosive fills are unnecessary or undesirable, said Col. James Knox, area attack program director at the Air Armament Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Attractive options include chemical and biological weapons targets, which an explosive weapon would jettison into the atmosphere, and "soft" structures in populated areas where the potential for collateral damage is high, Knox said.

"You might want to deny or degrade the military target without destroying adjacent structures," Knox said.

PAW functions like a traditional munitions dispenser, but ejects the non-explosive rods instead of explosive submunitions. The weapon's full payload includes 350 14-inch rods, 1,000 7-inch rods and 2,400 2-inch rods.

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