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2 designs of the Lazy Dog bomb. (Top: A WW2 forged steel design; Bottom: Cold War lathe-turned steel design)


The U.S. Air Force's Lazy Dog (sometimes called a Red Dot Bomb or Yellow Dog Bomb) was a small, unguided kinetic energy projectile that was like a sized up version of a gun fired fleshettes.


It was originally an Armament Laboratory program code named "Lazy Dog".

The projectiles of various shapes and sizes were tested at Air Proving Ground, Eglin AFB, Florida, in late 1951 and early 1952 with a An F-84 flying at 400 knots (740 km/h; 460 mph) and altitude of 75 feet (23 m) dropping the, on a a jeep and a B-24.

Test shape 5,had the impact force of a .50 caliber bullet and penetrated 24 inches (61 cm) in to packed sand.

Test shape 2 could penetrate 12 inches (30 cm) of sand, double that of a a .45 caliber slug fired at point blank range.

Wars it was used in[]

  1. World War I (an informal and independently developed French prototype).
  2. World War 2 (an informal US prototype that would later be developed further).
  3. 1950–1953 Korean War (Lazy dog proper).
  4. Vietnam War (Lazy dog proper).


  • It was about 1.75 inches (44 mm) in length.
  • It was 0.5 inches (13 mm) in diameter.
  • It weighed about 0.7 ounces (20 g).
  • It was made of steel.
  • They could be dropped from a special container on an AD-5N Skyraider aircraft or fired out of a MGM-1 Matador missile.
  • They were manufactured by Delco Products Corporation, F&F Mold and Die Works, Inc., Haines Designed Products, and Master Vibrator Company of Dayton.

Also see[]

  1. Bombers
  2. Fleshettes
  3. Cluster munition
  4. 'Popcorn' bomb


  1. https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Lazy_Dog_%28bomb%29
  2. https://military-history.fandom.com/wiki/Lazy_Dog_(bomb)
  3. https://www.gunsamerica.com/914750488/WORLD-WAR-II-WWII-KOREAN-WAR-LAZY-DOG-BOMB.htm
  4. https://www.liquisearch.com/lazy_dog_bomb/demise
  5. https://military-history.fandom.com/wiki/Lazy_Dog_(bomb)