posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 04:00 PM
Of course a bomb can bounce. There are various factors that would determine whether this occurred, such as the angle of impact, whether the bomb
explodes upon impact, the composition of the material being impacted, how much the bomb deforms upon impact, etc...I would not think this happens all
that often, unless for some reason the bomb was designed to bounce. Perhaps by bouncing, and thus being further off of the ground, the blast will be
more dispersed, meaning a wider blast radius. I don't know if that is accurate, but it might be one possibility for such a device. I still think it
is more likely for a bomb to not explode right away, and just bounce. I am not that knowledgeable regarding the explosive devices themselves, as I am
more interested in strategy on the whole, including the various ways in which air power can be used at both the tactical and strategic levels.
So you've got conventional explosive devices, including missiles and bombs. Bombs are what they drop from aircraft, and these are "dumb" bombs in
that they have no guidance system. I'm sure that the military has worked on guidance system for bombs at some point, but I don't know if there are
any guided bombs in any military arsenal. Bombs are usually cheaper to produce than missiles, so it is possible. Anyway, missiles are guided and bombs
are not, as a rule of thumb. I bring up missiles because I imagine one of those could bounce as well, given the right conditions and circumstances.
There are both bombs and missiles that will not explode upon striking the ground or a building, usually because of the way they're designed. As an
example there are the bunker busters, which have a time delay specifically to have time to penetrate soil and concrete, thus getting into a protected
bunker, before exploding. So I will repeat that I believe such bouncing would be accidental, but it should not be impossible. But then again, a bomb
dropped from altitude will be traveling at such a high speed that it would be hard to imagine it doing any bouncing at all. The same goes for missiles