Caron, surely F-111F launched BLU-109s.
Planners had several options regarding airfield attacks. One was to use the American CBU-89, an anti-personal and anti-armor cluster mine, to deny or impede access to the runways. This approach had two drawbacks. First, tests in the mid-1980s showed that CBU-89 experienced a high failure rate when dropped above several hundred feet against on
crete surfaces. Another problem was that on a flat surface, such as a runway, it was relatively easy to clear with high-pressure water hoses. A second option was to use general-purpose bombs to crater runways, making them unusable. Well-constructed runways would have required penetrating bomb bodies ( Due to ricochet, broaching,and bomb body breakup upon impact, general purpose bombs are unsuitable for thick or reinforced concrete structure). Some planners suggested penetrating bomb attacks followed by CBU-89 drops. Instead, planners turned to JP-233, which combined both of these features into one munition.
Source:THE "CAPABILITIES GAP" IN DESERT STORM: A COALITION AIR CAMPAIGN CASE STUDY BY FRANK J. ROSSI
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