Note: This exhibit is located in the Research & Development Gallery on a controlled-access portion of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The gallery will close until further notice beginning May 1, 2013, as part of budget reduction requirements due to sequestration.
The GBU-15 is a 2,000-pound bomb fitted with either a TV or infrared seeker on the nose and mechanical control fins on the tail. This weapon provides significant stand-off range due to the glide capability of the bomb and the fact that targets can be acquired and tracked after release from the aircraft. A data link system allows the "parent" aircraft to command GBU-15 flight path changes at considerable distance from the target area. During Operation DESERT STORM, this weapon was employed by F-111 aircraft to destroy the Kuwait oil manifolds and stop the flow of oil into the Persian Gulf.