H.C Mk.I (12,000 lb)

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Description

During World War II the British military were employing the 4,000 lb H.C. Mk.II and 8,000 lb H.C. Mk.II bombs. Looking for larger options, engineers compared the explosive potential damage of dropping both an 8,000 lb and a 4,000 lb bomb versus a single 12,000 lb version and determined that the 12,000 lb bomb would provide a larger damage potential. Utilizing existing stock, a 4,000 lb bomb was bolted onto a 8,000 lb bomb and the detonation train was connected. Though approved for service, there was doubt with the Air Staff that the two bomb halves simultaneously detonated, so production of the bomb was limited. The 12,000 lb H.C. Mk.I bomb took aircraft maintenance crews 35 minutes to get the bomb loaded into the Lancaster from its transport trolley.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

Bomb characteristics
Mass 12,656 lbs
Explosive mass 3,973.5 kg
Explosive type Torpex
TNT equivalent 6,357.6 kg
HE max penetration 365 mm
Armour destruction radius 114 m
Fragment dispersion radius 374 m

Effective damage

With a huge destruction radius of 114 m, nothing that stands near an exploding 12,000 lb H.C Mk.I is likely to survive. Simply aiming the bomb near a capture zone will guarantee destruction of anything inside of it's destruction radius (this also applies to teammates so be careful!). The fragment dispersion is very effective even past 370 m thanks to almost 2 tons of steel surrounding the Torpex explosive filler, more than enough to kill lightly armoured vehicles such as SPGs and SPAA or at least damaging crew.

Comparison with analogues

The Soviet 5,000 kg FAB-5000 bomb is the closest comparable bomb to the British 12,000 lb H.C Mk.I "Blockbuster" bomb. The FAB-5000 carries ~1,000 kg TNTe less explosive mass and has a slightly smaller explosion radius compared to the Blockbuster.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Extremely large destruction radius

Cons:

  • Significantly hinders flight performance
  • Carried by only one aircraft type

History

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See also

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Bombs
USA 
100 lb  AN-M30A1
250 lb  AN-M57 · LDGP Mk 81
300 lb  H.E. M31
500 lb  AN-M64A1 · LDGP Mk 82
600 lb  H.E. M32
750 lb  M117 cone 45
1,000 lb  AN-M65A1 · AN-M65A1 Fin M129 · LDGP Mk 83
1,600 lb  AN-Mk 1
2,000 lb  AN-M66A2 · LDGP Mk 84
3,000 lb  M118
4,000 lb  AN-M56
Germany 
10 kg  SD10C
50 kg  SC50JA
200 kg  Sprengbombe
250 kg  SC250JA
400 kg  Sprengbombe
450 kg  Sprengbombe 68/70
500 kg  SC500K
1,000 kg  SC1000L2
1,800 kg  SC1800B
2,500 kg  SC2500
USSR 
25 kg  AO-25M-1
50 kg  FAB-50sv
100 kg  FAB-100sv · FAB-100M43 · OFAB-100
220 kg  BRAB-220 (1930)
250 kg  FAB-250sv · FAB-250M-43 · FAB-250M-44 · FAB-250M-46 · FAB-250M-54 · FAB-250M-62 · OFAB-250sv · OFAB-250-270
500 kg  BRAB-500 (1938) · BRAB-500 · FAB-500sv · FAB-500M-43 · FAB-500M-44 · FAB-500M-46 · FAB-500M-54 · FAB-500M-62
1,000 kg  FAB-1000 · FAB-1000M-43 · FAB-1000M-44
1,500 kg  FAB-1500M-46
3,000 kg  FAB-3000M-46
5,000 kg  FAB-5000
Britain 
250 lb  G.P. Mk.IV · M.C. Mk.I
500 lb  G.P. Mk.IV · H.E. M.C. Mk.II · M.C. Mk.I
540 lb  Mk.M2
1,000 lb  G.P. Mk.I · M.C. Mk.I · L.D H.E. M.C. Mk.1 · H.E. M.C. Mk.13
4,000 lb  H.C. Mk.II
8,000 lb  H.C. Mk.II
12,000 lb  H.C Mk.I
Japan 
Army 
50 kg  Type 94 GPHE
100 kg  Type 94 GPHE
250 kg  Type 92 GPHE
500 kg  Type 92 GPHE
Navy 
60 kg  Type 97 Number 6
250 kg  Type 98 Number 25 · Type Number 25 Model 2
500 kg  Type Number 50 Model 2 · Number Type 2 50 Model 1 GP(SAP)
800 kg  Type 99 Number 80 AP · Number 80 Mod. 1
1500 kg  Type 3 Number 150 AP
China 
250 kg  Type 250-2 · 250-3
500 kg  500-3
Italy 
50 kg  GP 50
100 kg  GP 100T · SAP 100M
160 kg  A.P 160
250 kg  GP 250
500 kg  GP 500
800 kg  GP 800
France 
50 kg  D.T. No.2 · G.A. MMN. 50 · Type 61C
75 kg  G2 Navale
100 kg  No.1
250 lb  SAMP Mk 81
150 kg  I2 Navale
200 kg  No.1
500 lb  SAMP Mk 82
250 kg  Matra 25E · SAMP Type 25
400 kg  SAMP Type 21
1,000 lb  SAMP Mk 83
500 kg  No.2
2,000 lb  SAMP Mk 84
Sweden 
50 kg  mb m/37AT · sb m/42 · sb m/47 · Model 1938
100 kg  Model 1938
120 kg  sb m/61 · m/71
250 kg  mb m/40 · mb m/50
500 kg  mb m/41 · mb m/56
600 kg  mb m/50
Israel 
50 kg  SD50
70 kg  SD70
100 kg  100/50 kg G.P.
250 kg  250/50 kg G.P.
360 kg  360/50 kg G.P.
500 kg  500/50 kg G.P.
See also  List of guided bombs · List of retarded bombs