The Mk-82/BDU-50 500-pound and the BDU-56 [the inert version of the MK-84 2,000-pound bomb] are also used on some targets. These inert "heavyweight" bombs are dropped either with a parachute for "High Drag", or "Slick", which has no drag device. In either case, their weight creates enough "splash" or dirt spray, to be easily spotted without using an explosive charge.
On 26 November 1996 Intercontinental Manufacturing Co., Garland, Texas, was awarded a $14,627,530 firm fixed price contract for 8,387 BDU-45 and 13,318 BDU-50 500-pound bomb bodies. Work was completed by 31 December 1997. On 30 September 1997 Intercontinental Mfg. Co. was awarded a $14,559,980 modification to a $29,187,511 firm-fixed-price contract for the purchase of BDU-45 and BDU-50 bomb bodies. Work was completed by 31 December 1998. On 27 September 27 1999 DATRON Inc., Intercontinental Manufacturing Division, Garland, Texas, was awarded a $15,746,748 modification to firm-fixed-price contract DAAA09-98-C-0026, for the purchase of 3,300 bomb bodies (MK84-6), 1,575 bomb bodies (MK84-4), and 3,125 bomb bodies (BDU-56), a portion of which were for the country of Canada. Work was expected to be completed by June 30, 2001. On the same day, Intercontinental Manufacturing Division was also awarded a $19,189,995 modification to firm-fixed-price contract DAAA09-98-C-0074, for 513 bomb bodies (MK82), 8,425 bomb bodies (MK83), and 7,640 bomb bodies (BDU-45), a portion of which are for the country of France. Work was expected to be completed by Feb. 28, 2002. The US Army Armament, Munitions & Chemical Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity.
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