anti-ship missile/ guided bomb
service= Never used operationally
World War II
weight= 2535 lbs (1150 kg)
length= 12 ft 2 in (3.71 m)
part_length= 12 ft (3.66 m) wingspan
diameter=24 in (0.61 m)
filling_weight= 2000 pounds (907 kg)
payload_capacity= 2000 lbs (900 kg)
vehicle_range= 17 mi (27 km)
guidance= Television and radio command
GB-4 was a
precision guided munitiondeveloped by the United States during World War Two. It was one of the precursors of modern anti-ship missiles.
Following German success with the Hs-293 and
Fritz-X, the U.S. began developing several similar weapons, such as Felix, Bat, Gargoyle, GB-8, and GB-4.
GB-4's development began in 1944 as clear weather, good visibility weapon to attack heavily-defended targets; it was only useful against objectives readily identifiable on the crude CRT screens of the period. It featured a
plywoodairframe with twin booms and fins with a single elevator. The warhead was a 2000 pound (900 kg) general purpose (GP) bomb.
The target was acquired by a
televisioncamera beneath the warhead, with a field of view18° high and 14° wide, and the bomb was steered by radio command guidance, the operator tracking it by means of flares in the tail. It was intended to be carried externally, under the wing of a B-17 or B-25. Release was at about 175 miles per hour (280 kph) and 15,000 feet (4575 m) altitude, giving a range of 17 miles (27 km), with an average flight time of four minutes. Its accuracy was 200 feet (60 m).
Pacific Warended before it entered combat.
List of anti-ship missiles
* [http://www.vectorsite.net/twbomb_04.html Allied & German guided weapons of WW2]
* [http://www.ausairpower.net/WW2-PGMs.html The Dawn of the Smart Bomb]
* [http://www.1jma.dk/articles/1jmaarticleshardware.htm Guided weapons of WW2]
* [http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app1/gb.html GB series weapons]
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