Russian military sources shared the first footage of the mass use of the RBC-500 cluster bombs in Ukraine. The video was reportedly filmed in the area of Staromayorskoe in the south of the DPR.
The RBC-500 bomb is a powerful munition capable of destroying a column of armored vehicles or a large manpower cluster bombs. One cassette includes 15 Motiv-3 anti-tank submunitions. The bomb explodes in air and the combat elements are scattered over the area. Each of them has a parachute that slows down the fall. Meanwhile, infrared sensors allow submunitions to search for targets within 100 meters. As soon as it positions a target, a charge shoots, creating a cumulative jet of gases and molten copper. It is capable of burning through tank armor of 70 to 150 mm.
The RBC-500 can be launched from airplanes, as well as with the Smerch and Tornado-S MLRS. The RBK-500 cluster bomb entered service with the Soviet Air Force in 1987. The Motif-3 ammunition was upgraded to the Motiv-3M version. In early November, Russian sources also showed a strike of Motiv-3M on armored vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area of Avdeevka.