SC2500 bomb

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
SC 2500
German SC 2500 bomb 1940.jpg
A Heinkel He 111H/P with an SC 2500 bomb in 1940.
TypeGeneral-purpose bomb
Place of origin Nazi Germany
Service history
Used byLuftwaffe
WarsWorld War II
Specifications
Mass2,400 kg (5,300 lb)
Length3.91 m (12 ft 10 in)
Diameter813 mm (32 in)

WarheadTrialen[1]

The SC 2500 (Sprengbombe Cylindrisch) or cylindrical explosive bomb in English was a general-purpose bomb used by the Luftwaffe during World War II.

Design[edit]

Schematic of SC2500 components.

The SC 2500 had a single piece machined aluminum body with a welded nose piece. Around the nose of the bomb was a kopfring - a metal ring, triangular in cross-section, designed to prevent ground penetration or to stop forward momentum when hitting the water. The SC 2500 also had a circular braced tail ring with four fins. The SC 2500 was similar in construction to the SB 2500 and the main difference between the two was the SB 2500's case was made of steel. There were two transverse fuzes one in the nose and one near the tail. The nose fuse had a centrally located break-up rod that crushed the nose fuze on impact triggering the explosives. The SC 2500 was filled with Trialen 105, a mixture of 15% RDX, 70% TNT and 15% aluminum powder. Externally there was a reinforced H-type suspension band and the bomb could be horizontally suspended in a bomb bay or horizontally mounted on a fuselage hardpoint. The bomb could not be dropped in a safe state and it was advised to not drop the bomb in low level attacks.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "LUFTWAFFE RESOURCE CENTER". Warbirds Resource Group. 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.