US Bomb, 2000 lb SAP, M103

 

1411-f259

Description

Unlike smaller SAP bombs, the M103 has a solid nose, permitting tail fuzing only.

Regular missions — AN-M102A2, AN-M102A1, M162.

Special missions — M114, M114A1, M117 (minimum altitude bombing), M125, M125A1 (long delay), M134.

The body of the M103 is fabricated from seamless steel tubing, somewhat streamlined in shape and with a semi-pointed nose. No provision is made for nose fuzing in this bomb. Suspension lugs are welded to the case in a manner similar to the GP bombs. Trunnions on a band may be fitted for dive bombing. A box-type tail is employed as on the GP bombs.

Picratol, a mixture of 52% Explosive “D” and 48% TNT, is poured as the main charge, with a wax pad in the nose to cushion the explosive against premature detonation on impact with a hard target. The Adapter Booster M115A1 replaces the M102A1 fitted in the SAP Bombs AN-M58 and AN-M59.

The suspension lugs are 30 inches apart.

See Also

Adapter Booster, M102, M102A1

Adapter Booster, M115, M115A1

Tail, Delay, M125A1

Tail, Impact, AN-M102A2

Tail, Impact, M114, M114A1

Tail, Impact, M117

Tail, Impact, M162

Source(s)

Collaborative Ordnance Data Repository

OP 2216, Volume 1 - Aircraft Bombs, Fuzes, and Associated Components (1960)

OP 1280, Aircraft Bombs (1955)

OP 1664, Volume 2 - US Explosive Ordnance (1947)

USNBD - Bombs and Fuzes, Pyrotechnics (1945)