250kg Low-Drag General-Purpose Bomb
In the early 1990s, the PLA introduced the new-generation streamlined, low-drag general-purpose (LDGP) bomb 250-3, designed for external carriage by fighter-bomber aircraft rather than in internal bays. The bomb has Western-style stabilising fins at tail and a single nose fuse. The bomb could be fitted with different types of warheads (blast, incendiary, anti-armour, etc) for different specific combat requirements. The bomb can be equipped by every fighter aircraft in current service with the PLA.
Later the PLAAF also introduced the fourth series 250kg general bomb 250-4, a retarded LDGP bomb fitted with a high drag tail assembly for low-altitude attacks. These bombs are almost identical to the third series bombs apart from the tail assembly, which provides a high speed, low altitude delivery capability by quickly slowing the bomb and allowing the aircraft to escape the blast pattern.
Last update: 5 November 2006