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Variants include the 1050/1077-kg GBU-24 series with large fixed wings to suit the Mk 84 warhead or Lockheed Martin BLU-109/B Advanced Unitary Penetrator. The 984-kg GBU-27A/B with BLU-109 or Mk 84, and the 2130-kg GBU-28B/B with General Dynamics BLU-113A/B penetrator, were given swing-wings to suit internal carriage on the Lockheed Martin F-117A and Northrop Grumman B-2A respectively.
Ongoing efforts such as the Hard and/or Deeply Buried Target Defeat Capability (HDBTDC) Program seek to improve penetrators (Advanced Unitary Penetrator) and fusing technologies (Hard-Target Smart Fuse) to enhance penetration and damage.
The replacement for the BLU-109 is the 874 kg BLU-116/B AUP (Advanced Unitary Penetrator), developed by the US Air Force Research Laboratory's Munitions Directorate (AFRL-MD).
The next major advance beyond the BLU-113 series is the 874 kg BLU-116/B or Lockheed Martin Advanced Unitary Penetrator (AUP).
The problem in Afghanistan of dealing with insurgents who took refuge in mountain caves led the Pentagon to the early introduction of some new penetration weapons, notably the Raytheon GBU-24C/B Paveway III with the Lockheed Martin Advanced Unitary Penetrator (AUP) warhead and Hard Target Smart Fuze (HTSF).
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