BLU-82

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The BLU-82B/C-130 weapon system, known under program "Commando Vault" and nicknamed "Daisy Cutter" in Vietnam for its ability to flatten a section of forest into a helicopter landing zone, is an American 15000 lb conventional bomb, delivered from either a C-130 or an MC-130 transport aircraft.wikipedia
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Lockheed C-130 Hercules

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The BLU-82B/C-130 weapon system, known under program "Commando Vault" and nicknamed "Daisy Cutter" in Vietnam for its ability to flatten a section of forest into a helicopter landing zone, is an American 15000 lb conventional bomb, delivered from either a C-130 or an MC-130 transport aircraft.
The ramp on the Hercules was also used to airdrop cargo, which included low-altitude extraction for Sheridan tanks and even dropping large improvised "daisy cutter" bombs.

Massive Ordnance Penetrator

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Some of these include the Grand Slam and T12 earthquake bombs of late World War II, and more currently, the Russian Air Force FOAB and USAF GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, and the Massive Ordnance Penetrator.
In 2002, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin were working on the development of a 30000 lb earth-penetrating weapon, said to be known as "Big BLU".

Daisy cutter (fuse)

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The BLU-82B/C-130 weapon system, known under program "Commando Vault" and nicknamed "Daisy Cutter" in Vietnam for its ability to flatten a section of forest into a helicopter landing zone, is an American 15000 lb conventional bomb, delivered from either a C-130 or an MC-130 transport aircraft.
After the concept proved itself useful it was made famous by being used for the largest conventional bomb in the U.S. military's arsenal at the time, the BLU-82.

Bomb

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The BLU-82B/C-130 weapon system, known under program "Commando Vault" and nicknamed "Daisy Cutter" in Vietnam for its ability to flatten a section of forest into a helicopter landing zone, is an American 15000 lb conventional bomb, delivered from either a C-130 or an MC-130 transport aircraft.
Some bombs are equipped with a parachute, such as the World War II "parafrag" (an 11 kg fragmentation bomb), the Vietnam war-era daisy cutters, and the bomblets of some modern cluster bombs.

Gulf War

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It was used successfully during military operations in Vietnam, the Gulf War and Afghanistan.
Other bombs included cluster bombs, which disperse numerous submunitions, and daisy cutters, 15,000-pound bombs which can disintegrate everything within hundreds of yards.

Campaign 139

The first use of a BLU-82 occurred on 22 March 1970, when one was dropped north of Long Tieng, Laos during Campaign 139.
United States support of the irregulars was escalated, with the first B-52 Stratofortress Arc Light in northern Laos on 17 February, and the first ever use of the BLU-82 super-bomb on 22 March.

T-12 Cloudmaker

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Some of these include the Grand Slam and T12 earthquake bombs of late World War II, and more currently, the Russian Air Force FOAB and USAF GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, and the Massive Ordnance Penetrator.
BLU-82

Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe

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Originally designed to create an instant clearing in the jungles of Vietnam, the BLU-82B/C-130 was test-dropped there from a CH-54 Tarhe "Flying crane" helicopter.

South Vietnam Air Force

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South Vietnamese VNAF aircraft dropped BLU-82 bombs on NVA positions in desperation to support ARVN troops in the Battle of Xuân Lộc in the last days of the Vietnam War.
A-1 Skyraiders flew in and C-130 Hercules transports dropped massive 15,000-pound daisy cutter bombs on enemy positions.

Lockheed MC-130

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The BLU-82B/C-130 weapon system, known under program "Commando Vault" and nicknamed "Daisy Cutter" in Vietnam for its ability to flatten a section of forest into a helicopter landing zone, is an American 15000 lb conventional bomb, delivered from either a C-130 or an MC-130 transport aircraft. During the Mayaguez incident, a Lockheed MC-130 dropped a single BLU-82 to assist U.S. Marine forces attempting to extract themselves from Koh Tang island.
The same year, a Combat Talon of the 1st Special Operations Wing was deployed in support of US Marines forces on Koh Tang island during the Mayaguez incident, dropping a single BLU-82 15,000 lb bomb to enable their extraction.

Battle of Tora Bora

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American forces began using the bomb in November 2001 and again a month later during the Battle of Tora Bora.
Aerial bombardment ensued, including the use of large bombs known as daisy cutters.

Ammonal

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BLU-82 "Daisy Cutter"

GBU-43/B MOAB

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Some of these include the Grand Slam and T12 earthquake bombs of late World War II, and more currently, the Russian Air Force FOAB and USAF GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, and the Massive Ordnance Penetrator. The BLU-82 was retired in 2008 and replaced with the more powerful MOAB.
The basic principle resembles that of the BLU-82 Daisy Cutter, which was used to clear heavily wooded areas in the Vietnam War.

Mayaguez incident

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During the Mayaguez incident, a Lockheed MC-130 dropped a single BLU-82 to assist U.S. Marine forces attempting to extract themselves from Koh Tang island.
Nail 68 first ordered gun runs by an AC-130 followed by F-4s and A-7s along the edge of the East Beach, as this was going on five C-130s arrived over Koh Tang carrying BLU-82 "daisy cutter" bombs — a 15,000-pound device and the largest conventional explosive weapon in the U.S. arsenal at the time.

M-121 (bomb)

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M-121 (bomb)
In March 1969, the 463rd commenced Project Commando Vault, and bomb drops became a regular occurrence.

Vietnam War

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The BLU-82B/C-130 weapon system, known under program "Commando Vault" and nicknamed "Daisy Cutter" in Vietnam for its ability to flatten a section of forest into a helicopter landing zone, is an American 15000 lb conventional bomb, delivered from either a C-130 or an MC-130 transport aircraft. It was used successfully during military operations in Vietnam, the Gulf War and Afghanistan.

War in Afghanistan (2001–present)

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It was used successfully during military operations in Vietnam, the Gulf War and Afghanistan.

Earthquake bomb

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It is one of the largest conventional weapons ever to be used, outweighed only by a few earthquake bombs, thermobaric bombs, and demolition (bunker buster) bombs.

Bunker buster

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It is one of the largest conventional weapons ever to be used, outweighed only by a few earthquake bombs, thermobaric bombs, and demolition (bunker buster) bombs.

Grand Slam (bomb)

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Some of these include the Grand Slam and T12 earthquake bombs of late World War II, and more currently, the Russian Air Force FOAB and USAF GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, and the Massive Ordnance Penetrator.

Russian Air Force

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Some of these include the Grand Slam and T12 earthquake bombs of late World War II, and more currently, the Russian Air Force FOAB and USAF GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, and the Massive Ordnance Penetrator.

Father of All Bombs

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Some of these include the Grand Slam and T12 earthquake bombs of late World War II, and more currently, the Russian Air Force FOAB and USAF GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, and the Massive Ordnance Penetrator.

Ammonium nitrate

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ammonal). The warhead contains 12600 lb of low-cost GSX slurry (ammonium nitrate, aluminum powder and polystyrene). The BLU-82 uses ammonium nitrate and aluminum (cf.

Aluminium

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ammonal). The warhead contains 12600 lb of low-cost GSX slurry (ammonium nitrate, aluminum powder and polystyrene). The BLU-82 uses ammonium nitrate and aluminum (cf.

Slurry

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ammonal). The warhead contains 12600 lb of low-cost GSX slurry (ammonium nitrate, aluminum powder and polystyrene).