HOPE (HOchleistungs-PEnetrator = High Performance Penetrator) and HOSBO (HOchleistungs-Spreng-BOmbe = High Performance Explosive Bomb) are a new 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.[when?] German officials have announced that HOPE has greater penetration capability than a USAF GBU-28 munition.
A further successful test of the HOPE munition was carried out at the Swedish test range at Vidsel on the 14th of September, 2008.
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.
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.
- Name: HOPE/HOSBO
- Developer: Diehl BGT Defence
- Range: 160 km (99 mi)
- 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)
- Diameter: approx. 40 cm (16 in)
- Guidance: GPS/INS and electro-optical video feedback