Russia reveals HIMARS wreckage in Ukraine: GLSDBs confirmed

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Recently, an intriguing video filmed by Russian soldiers has started making the rounds on the internet. This video peculiarly showcases fragments of a new type of weapon whizzing past their locations. Among the various pieces of debris tucked away in a humble cardboard box, a uniquely square-shaped component with steering surfaces and a barcode was notably conspicuous. 

Photo credit: Telegram

Keen observers may easily recognize this as the tail of the GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bomb [SDB]. This bomb is a part of the GLSDB, which also includes a jet engine taken from the M26 unguided missile. Dismissing the possibility that Ukraine spontaneously acquired SDB bombs, the remaining logical conclusion is that we’re looking at the GLSDB. 

But there’s more to the story – this seems to be the first successful use of GLSDB in combat by Ukraine’s military forces, marking the inaugural instance of this system’s application in a real-world conflict scenario. Notably, this account aligns with projections that Ukraine’s forces will be the first operator of the GLSDB. As per the USAI program’s agenda set by the US government, Ukraine was to start receiving shipments of this system by the first quarter of 2024. 

Photo credit: Telegram

Interestingly, official statements regarding the weapons’ transfer remain conspicuously absent. This stealthy approach, reserving the element of surprise for the Russians, seems to far outweigh the impact of any public announcements concerning the upgraded long-range capabilities of the Armed Forces. Yet, this precaution didn’t stop the Russian Federation from intercepting the GLSDB as early as March 2023.

About GLSDB

Let’s remember, that the GLSDB provides you with the power to obliterate your adversary from a striking distance of up to 150 km. Its working principle is fascinating. An initial rocket engine propels the GBU-39/B bomb to a significant altitude. Once there, it detaches, unfurls its wings, and glides toward the predetermined target. 

Despite the GBU-39/B bomb’s relatively light weight of just 113 kg, it delivers a substantial impact. It’s capable of penetrating over 90 cm of reinforced concrete before detonating its explosive payload. You’ll have two detonation modes at your disposal – contact and air. For precision guidance towards the target, the base version of the GBU-39/B comes equipped with inertial and satellite navigation. It boasts remarkable accuracy, promising a deviation of no more than 1 meter.  

But, there’s more! Options are available to outfit this formidable weapon with a passive radar-homing warhead. This variant targets radar or radar stations. A semi-active laser targeting variant is also on offer. Another exciting version is the GBU-53/B II bomb, outfitted with a thermal imaging homing warhead. 

However, we must acknowledge a potential controversy regarding the exact version of the bomb Ukraine received for the GLSDB. The production line for this weapon was specifically initiated for the Ukrainian armed forces as a counter to the Russian Federation, taking into account all the inherent specifics of real-war situations.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On February 21, 2022, Russia stated that its border facility was attacked by Ukrainian forces, resulting in the deaths of five Ukrainian fighters. However, Ukraine quickly dismissed these allegations, labeling them as ‘false flags’.

In a notable move on the same day, Russia announced it officially recognized the self-proclaimed areas of DPR and LPR. Interestingly, according to Russian President Putin, this recognition covered all the Ukrainian regions. Following this declaration, Putin sent a battalion of Russia’s military forces, tanks included, into these areas.

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Fast forward to February 24, 2022, global headlines were dominated by a significant incident. Putin commanded a forceful military assault on Ukraine. Led by Russia’s impressive Armed Forces positioned at the Ukrainian border, this assault wasn’t spontaneous but a premeditated action. Despite the circumstances resembling a war, the Russian government refrains from using this term. They’d rather refer to it as a “special military operation”.

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