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Author Topic: what is a "ZAB" bomb?  (Read 6990 times)
huevans
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« on: April 27, 2007, 02:29:49 AM »

I've run across some sources for 1/72 Master Club ordnance and 1 of the problems is that MC has unfamiliar types of bomb. I know what a "FAB" bomb is - a general purpose bomb. However, what is a "ZAB" bomb?

As well, MC has a FAB-100 and a FAB-100M. I assume the "M" stands for the usual "modificatny" and is a later variant. Can anyone validate this guess and tell me when the 100M would arrive in service??
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2007, 02:55:13 AM »

I've run across some sources for 1/72 Master Club ordnance and 1 of the problems is that MC has unfamiliar types of bomb. I know what a "FAB" bomb is - a general purpose bomb. However, what is a "ZAB" bomb?

As well, MC has a FAB-100 and a FAB-100M. I assume the "M" stands for the usual "modificatny" and is a later variant. Can anyone validate this guess and tell me when the 100M would arrive in service??

Bomb classification is quite simple, really: Name with description, weight in kilogramms, real weight in kilogramms.

~AB - Aviacionnaya bomba

FAB - Fugasnaya (general purpose)
ZAB - Zazhigatelnaya (incendiary)
BetAB - Betonoboynaya (concrete piercing)
RRAB - rotativno-rasseivayushaya (cluster). There were 3 types of these bombs RRAB-3 - 250 kg, RRAB-2 -500 kg, RRAB-1- 1000 kg.
PTAB - Protivotankovaya (antitank)
OFAB - Oskolochno-fugasnaya (general -fragmentation)
AO - Aviacionno-oskolochnaya (aviation fragmentationary)
ODAB - Obyomno-detoniruyushaya (Volume detonation?)
SAB - Svetyashaya (light-providing)
FOTAB - special bomb for night photography.
KAB - Kislorodnaya (Oxygen) or Kontroliruemaya (Guided)

Index M means modyfication, but it is followed by 2 digit number.

So we will have for example:
FAB-500-450 M-43
General Purpose bomb 500 kg supposed, 450 real weight, modification of 1943.
BTW, bombs of the same type could look drastically differently.
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huevans
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2007, 05:15:09 AM »

Otlichna! Thanks for the info! I wouldn't have figured out "zazhigatelnaya" without help. I assume that a ZAB-100 would be more frequently issued to the long range night bombers than to frontal aviation planes.
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2007, 09:01:31 AM »

Not necessarily. ZAB-100 was a lot more universal weapon then usually thought. It all depended on specific type of ZAB, and it was possible to use them as FAB with slightly lower effect. It was quite common to load even frontal aviation aircraft (especially on a anti-railway station or antishipping strikes).

Some more bombs i found:
MAB - Mostovaya (bridge)
BrAB - Broneboynaya (AP)
DAB - Dymovaya (Smoke)
AGB and AGITAB - Agitacyonnaya (Propaganda)
MPLAB and PLAB - Morskaya protivolodochnaya (ASW)
HAB - Himicheskaya (Chemical)
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huevans
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2007, 11:50:56 PM »

Thanks. I will buy a set and see what I can load them on. Probably an Il-2.
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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2007, 02:08:04 AM »


I also want to thank you as you have provided some very interesting information there.
you may also find this of interest(if you haven't seen it already)

http://vvs.hobbyvista.com/Research/Ordnance/Betab/index.php

does anyone have drawings or photos of the DER-19 bomb rack ?
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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2007, 01:48:28 AM »

Has anyone heard of using 'Aerial Mines', perhaps from an Il-2? I read about it somewhere, but I have no idea how they worked or even if they existed. Huh

Dave.
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FPSOlkor
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« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2007, 02:39:43 AM »

Which mines do you mean? Sea or land?
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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2007, 05:51:23 AM »

Aerial! dropped behind a plane to throw off persuers. like little grenades with parachutes I believe.
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FPSOlkor
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« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2007, 07:50:40 AM »

It was called
Aviacionnaya granata  "aviation grenade"
AG-2 or AG-10, digits corresponding to the quantity of grenades onboard. Yes, it was used mainly on Il-2 (2) and Pe-2 (10) and with good effect.
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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2007, 03:27:53 AM »

Wow, if only there were footage or even just pictures!
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« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2007, 10:51:14 AM »

I've seen scheme some where... If i'll come across again i'll let you know...
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