United States MK-20 Cluster Bomb Danger Requested by Ukraine


The MK-20 cluster bomb replaced the A-7 Corsair II. Photo/Wikimedia Commons

WASHINGTON – Ukraine requested MK-20 cluster bombs from the United States (US). The request for weapons was submitted by Russia to fight Russia on the battlefield.

The United States House Armed Services Committee says Ukrainian officials are pressuring United States lawmakers at the Munich Security Conference in February 2023.

Ukraine hopes that the request will be immediately forwarded to the White House. MK-20, also known as CBU 100, has a number of dangers.

Following are the dangers of the United States mk-20 cluster bomb requested by Ukraine

1. Banned by More than 120 Countries

Cluster weapons are banned by more than 120 countries. This cluster bomb contains many small bombs. The bomb will spread when released from the air.

It is known, Ukraine asked the United States to send MK-20 cluster bombs. In operation, MK-20 is released from the air. In addition, the MK-20 contains more than 240 sub-munitions such as darts or small bombs.

In 2016, production of the MK-20 was discontinued. This was after the United States stopped selling to Saudi Arabia.

Even so, reportedly the United States still has more than 1 million MK-20 in its military arsenal.

2. Threatening the Safety of Civilians

The use of the MK-20 can threaten the lives of civilians. It is known that the MK-20 cluster bomb releases a number of small bombs that can kill anyone indiscriminately in a large area, thus threatening the safety of residents.

It even significantly complicates the mine clearance process after the end of the war.

These cluster bombs are used in anti-tank mode and against armored vehicles. These mid-flight bomb-staying tubes dropped high-explosive anti-tank submunitions.

The height of the tube is adjusted to determine the pattern of bomb spread below. One MK-20 weighs 600 grams with a cumulative warhead that can penetrate 190 millimeters of armor.


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