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Spain drops first GBU-48 from Eurofighter Typhoon

First bomb deployment carried out last month.

By Geoff Ziezulewicz
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Spain drops first GBU-48 from Eurofighter Typhoon
The Spanish air force carries out first launch of EGBU-16 bomb from a Eurofighter Typhoon. Photo courtesy Spanish air force

MADRID, July 5 (UPI) -- Spain successfully dropped a GBU-48 Paveway bomb from one of its Tranche-2 C-16 Eurofighter Typhoon jets for the first time last month, the air force announced Friday.

A test team with the air force's Arms and Experimental Logistical Centre carried out the launch late last month in the waters off the Gulf of Cadiz, the service said in a statement.

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The drop came after the target was identified and a GPS signal performed a guided launch.

The event marks a significant increase for the C-16's air-to-ground capabilities, the service said.

It also permits the execution of high-precision, totally autonomous, "anytime" attacks.

The ordnance will enable the C-16 to carry out simultaneous offensives against several ground targets, the air force said.

"These achievements demonstrate the strong will of the Air Force to maximize the capabilities of the C-16 arms systems in the shortest time possible," the air force said.

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