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ⓘ HOPEHOSBO. HOPE and HOSBO are a family of precision-guided munitions, currently under development by Diehl BGT Defence for the German Luftwaffe. Diehl BGT was e ..



HOPE/HOSBO
                                     

ⓘ HOPE/HOSBO

HOPE and HOSBO are a family of precision-guided munitions, currently under development by Diehl BGT Defence for the German Luftwaffe. Diehl BGT was expected to reach production readiness in 2010, although neither the weapon nor the integration has been ordered so far. German officials have announced that HOPE has greater penetration capability than a USAF GBU-28 munition.

A first test flight with HOPE, carried by a Tornado of the German Air Force, took place on 09-04-2008 in Manching, Germany.

A further successful test of the HOPE munition was carried out at the Swedish test range at Vidsel on 14 September 2008.

                                     

1. HOPE

HOPE is a glide bomb with high maneuverability, developed particularly to engage hardened targets, such as tunnels or subterranean bunkers, but also moving targets. HOPE has a range of more than 160 kilometres 99 mi and an internal GPS/INS and electro-optical guidance.

                                     

2. HOSBO

HOSBO is a highly maneuverable glide bomb that can be equipped with modular warheads, including non-lethal ones, e.g. with high-energy microwaves. Range and guidance are equal to HOPE.

                                     

3. Specifications

  • Diameter: approx. 40 cm 16 in
  • Length: HOPE: 5 m 16.4 ft; HOSBO: 3.5 m 11.5 ft
  • Weight: HOPE: 1.400 kg 3.086 lb; HOSBO: 907 kg 2.000 lb
  • Name: HOPE/HOSBO
  • Developer: Diehl BGT Defence
  • Guidance: GPS/INS and electro-optical video feedback
  • Range: 160 km 99 mi
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