Cluster Munitions Factbox:

  • Weapon containing many explosive submunitions or bomblets
  • Dropped from aircraft or fired from the ground
  • Weapon breaks open in the air, scattering submunitions across a broad area
  • Many submunitions fail to explode on impact, putting people at risk for years
  • Several countries have used cluster bombs, including the United States
  • The U.S. says cluster munitions have demonstrated military utility, and can often result in less collateral damage than a larger bomb or artillery shell