A cluster munition is a conventional munition that is designed to release multiple submunitions (in some cases called ‘bomblets’) over a large area. The general definition describes both the container (also called a dispenser or ‘parent munition’) and the submunitions it holds. In the broadest definitions submunitions may contain explosives, smoke, tear gas, chaff, pyrotechnics, leaflets or other items.The number of submunitions varies from as few as two up to many hundreds and the size of the individual submunitions may vary considerably. They can be dispersed or released from aircraft, drones, rockets or artillery target object.



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