The CBU-97 is an unguided Cluster Bomb available to the AV-42C and the F/A-26B. It is initially deployed like a Mk. 82 Bomb, though it is recommended to deploy it using the CCRP Auto function for better accuracy. The bomb has a minimum release altitude to give the submunitions time to deploy. It functions well as an alternative to the CAGM-6 Cluster Missile, especially against larger groups of targets. The dispersion area cannot be adjusted.
When the bomb reaches its activation altitude, it deploys 10 sub-munition dispensers on parachutes each containing 4 explosively-shaped Skeet charge penetrators. When the sub-munition dispensers reach their activation heights, the Skeets swing out and shoot upwards. They then scan the area below them with built in infrared sensors, and if they find an IR emitter, they fire off armor-penetrating projectiles to destroy the targets.