Mark 83 bomb


The Mark 83 is a 1,000-pound (450 kg) bomb, part of the Mark 80 series of low-drag general-purpose bombs in United States service.

Mark 83 General-Purpose (GP) Bomb
Mark 83 1,000-pound general-purpose bombs
TypeLow-drag general-purpose (LDGP) bomb
Place of originUnited States
Mass1,014 pounds (460 kg)
Length119.49 inches (3,035 mm)
Diameter14.06 inches (357 mm)

FillingTritonal, Minol, or Composition H-6
Filling weight445 pounds (202 kg)

Development and deployment

Ten Mark 83 bombs aboard a US Navy F/A-18E.

The nominal weight of the bomb is 1,000 pounds (450 kg), although its actual weight varies between 985 pounds (447 kg) and 1,030 pounds (470 kg), depending on fuze options,[1] and fin configuration.[2] The Mk 83 is a streamlined steel casing containing 445 pounds (202 kg) of tritonal high explosive. When filled with PBXN-109 thermally insensitive explosive, the bomb is designated BLU-110.

The Mk 83/BLU-110 is used as the warhead for a variety of precision-guided weapons, including the GBU-16 Paveway laser-guided bombs, the GBU-32 JDAM and Quickstrike sea mines.

The Mk 83 is also used as the warhead in a variety of Pakistani smart bombs made by GIDS. During Operation Swift Retort in 2019, 2 JF-17 Thunders of the No. 16 Squadron "Black Panthers" armed with newly developed Mk. 83 Range Extension Kit (REK) bombs struck military targets in Indian Held Kashmir.[3][4][5]

This bomb is most typically used by the United States Navy but is also used by the USAF in the F-22A in a JDAM configuration. According to a test report conducted by the United States Navy's Weapon System Explosives Safety Review Board (WSESRB) established in the wake of the 1967 USS Forrestal fire, the cooking-off time for a Mk 83 is approximately 8 minutes 40 seconds.

See also



  1. ^ "FMU-152/B ELECTRONIC BOMB FUZE". Integrated Publishing. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Mk83 General Purpose Bomb". Federation of American Scientists. 23 April 2000. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  3. ^ Kaiser Tufail (18 February 2021). "Pulwama: Two years on".
  4. ^ Kaiser Tufail (10 July 2019). "Pulwama-From bluster to whimper".
  5. ^ Alan Warnes (19 March 2020). "Operation Swift Retort one year on". The JF-17s were each armed with two 1,000 pounds (450 kg) Mk83 Indigenous Range Extension Kits (IREKs) that became operational in 2017. Developed, integrated and qualified by Pakistan-based Global Industrial & Defence Solutions (GIDS), the IREK has a range of up to 37 miles (60 km). GIDS has converted Mk80-series general-purpose bombs into satellite-aided inertial navigation system (GPS/INS) guided bombs with a tail unit incorporating aerodynamic control surfaces and glide wings. It provides the JF-17 with a very potent day and night capability to engage a variety of targets.
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