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The History And Deployment Of Precision-Guided Munitions (PGMs) Examined In Two Video Features: 1): HORIZON: SMART WEAPONS, An Analysis Of The Theory And Employment Of Smart Weapons During The Cold War (Color, 1989, 50 Minutes), 2): FIREPOWER: GUIDED BOMB, A History Of The Guided Bombs And Missiles Of The Twentieth Century (Color, 1993, 23 Minutes), And 3): BRUTE FORCE: SMART BOMBS, The History Of Smart Munitions From Its Infancy In The Second World War Through The Vietnam War And The Cold War Years Of To Its Coming-Of-Age During The Persian Gulf War (Color, 1993, 47 Minutes) -- All Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An MP4 Video Download Or Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD!
* November 17, 2023: Updated With FIREPOWER: GUIDED BOMB!
A precision-guided munition (PGM, smart weapon, smart munition, smart bomb, smart missile, guided weapon, guided munition, guided bomb, guided missile) is a guided munition intended to precisely hit a specific target, to minimize collateral damage and increase lethality against intended targets. During the First Gulf War guided munitions accounted for only 9% of weapons fired, but accounted for 75% of all successful hits. Despite guided weapons generally being used on more difficult targets, they were still 35 times more likely to destroy their targets per weapon dropped. Because the damage effects of explosive weapons decrease with distance due to an inverse cube law, even modest improvements in accuracy (hence reduction in miss distance) enable a target to be attacked with fewer or smaller bombs. Thus, even if some guided bombs miss, fewer air crews are put at risk and the harm to civilians and the amount of collateral damage may be reduced. The advent of precision-guided munitions resulted in the renaming of older bombs "unguided bombs", "dumb bombs", or "iron bombs".