Unexploded munitions and the terrain made extinguishing the recent forest fire in Älvdalen’s shooting range in Sweden so difficult that the Swedish Air Force tested dropping bombs on it. This video shows a JAS 39 Gripen deploying a GBU-49 Paveway bomb against a fire. The results are being evaluated.
Ben has worked as a journalist and editor, covering almost all aspects of technology, engineering and industry for the last 20 years. Initially writing about subjects from nuclear submarines to autonomous cars to future design and manufacturing technologies, he was editor of a leading UK-based engineering magazine before eventually becoming editor of Aerospace Testing in 2017.