A High Explosive Bomb is a general-purpose munition for destroying targets. HE bombs typically have a thick-walled casing, and less than half its weight in explosive filler. Altogether the bomb can inflict damage through explosive blast, penetration (after falling from a great height), and fragmentation from the casing.
Air-dropped bombs were developed shortly after the development of aircraft. These often use contact fuzes, while some "daisy cutter" types may have a protruding standoff to ensure explosion slightly above ground.
Bombs (as well as artillery shells and other explosives) may also be used in improvised explosive devices by exchanging the fuze with any of a number of devices for triggering the explosion, and are often buried or otherwise concealed in anticipation of invasion by hostile forces.
|50kg HE Bomb|
They inflict up to 40 damage on impact (after falling a minimum of 200 meters) and 80 blast damage within 3 meters, tapering out to 6 meters.