FAB M62 series – bombs
The FAB M62 series of general purpose bombs is an improvement over the previous generations in two ways. First of all it is much more aerodynamic and has a reduced drag, especially at high speeds. Secondly the M62 series is filled with a more powerful type of explosive. The bombs feature a rather smooth nose cone and have four tailfins with a small ring at the end. The bombs are dropped using a bomb sight and do not feature any type of guidance.
The FAB M62 series comes in four versions ranging from 100 to 1.000 kg. Roughly half the weight is made up out of high explosive, which is also more powerful than previous generations. The bombs can be released at altitudes between 500 meters and 12 km and at speeds ranging from 500 to 1.100 km/h. The kill radius of the FAB-250 and FAB-500 are given as 100 and 140 meters for soft skinned material and 33 and 60 meters for light armored vehicles.
The FAB M62 is usually carried on hardpoints on the wingd or on the fuselage of fighter and bomber aircraft and can also be loaded in the bomb bays of most bomber aircraft. The FAB M62 series is used on the Su-17 Fitter, Su-25 Frogfoot, MiG-21 Fishbed, MiG-23 Flogger, MiG-29 Flanker, MiG-25 Foxbat, Su-24 Fencer, Tu-16 Badger, Tu-95 Bear, many older fighter and bomber aircraft and various foreign models. Helicopters such as the Mi-24 Hind can also carry free fall bombs, although this practice is uncommon.
The FAB M62 is a common series of free fall bombs. Production numbers have not been as high as the FAB M54 series since guided munitions and air to ground missiles have reduced the need for general purpose dumb bombs. The M62 was acquired in large quantities by Soviet forces and remains in Russian service today. The FAB M62 was likely to be exported alongside each type of Soviet fighter and bomber aircraft and can therefore be found in large quantities in Eastern Europe and nations that had ties with the USSR.
The FAB M62 series of general purpose bombs look alike but differ in size and weight. The M62 series can be identified by their streamlined nose in combination with the same tailfin setup as fount on earlier series of Soviet bombs.
FAB-100 M62: The smallest M62 bomb weighing about 100 kg. Can possibly be carried on racks of multiple bombs.
FAB-250 M62: Very common version weighing about 250 kg.
FAB-500 M62: The most common M62 bomb with a weight of about 500 kg.
FAB-1000 M62: The largest version of the M62 family with a weight of about 1.000 kg. Is usually only carried by bomber aircraft.