AN-M56 (4,000 lb)
The AN-M65 4,000 lb bomb is a general-purpose, air-dropped bomb for the United States. It is one of the largest ordnance available to be dropped by the United States, and can be effective against concentration of enemy ground targets and bases.
Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Tell us about the tactical and technical characteristics of the bomb.
|Mass||4,368.8 lbs (1981.66 kg)|
|Explosive mass||1,599.4 kg|
|TNT equivalent||1,887.29 kg|
|HE max penetration||216 mm|
|Armour destruction radius||54 m|
|Fragment dispersion radius||292 m|
Explosive type: Tritonal (Tritonal is a mixture of 80% TNT and 20% aluminium powder)
Comparison with analogues
Due to the destructive power, this bomb can be used to destroy tanks (light, medium, heavy), ships and base bombing.
Pros and cons
- Massive explosive mass means precision is not needed
- 54 m lethal radius
- Fragment dispersion radius is large enough to defeat un-armoured targets from way beyond the lethal range for armoured targets
- Low altitude bombing is almost impossible due to the explosion being enough to destroy the B-29A-BN if it is too close (though applying a fuse can help, it would allow the target to potentially escape)
- Without proper communication, teammates are at high risk of also being destroyed by the bomb
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