Raytheon Company has completed developmental testing on the Small Diameter Bomb II, a key step toward bringing this new capability to fighter pilots.
Government confidence testing, a prerequisite for operational testing, is scheduled to be completed this year. Raytheon has also begun work on the SDB II second production lot after completing delivery of Lot 1 in 2017.
The weapon gives pilots the ability to destroy moving targets on the battlefield. Its seeker detects, classifies, tracks and destroys targets, even in adverse weather conditions from standoff ranges.
"We call SDB II a game changer because the weapon doesn't just hit GPS coordinates; it finds and engages targets," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems vice president. "SDB II can eliminate a wider range of targets with fewer aircraft, reducing the pilot's time in harm's way."
During developmental testing, pilots dropped 44 SDB II bombs and tested them in all modes of operation. The weapon destroyed maneuvering targets in adverse weather and demonstrated third-party control through a datalink. It also chose the correct target from among decoys and proved compatibility with the F-15E Strike Eagle.
Early SDB II integration work has begun on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.
The US Air Force has awarded a $77 million worth contract to Raytheon for GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II, an air-launched, precision-guided glide bomb, the Department of defense announced Tuesday. “Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $77,392,758 firm-fixed-price contract to exercise an option to previously awarded contract FA8672-10-C-0002 for Small Diameter Bomb (SBD) II,” the statement says
The US Air force has awarded a contract estimated almost $17.4 million to General Atomics to integrate laser small diameter bomb onto the MQ-9 Reaper drone
The US State Department has approved a possible sale to Australia of GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment II (SDB II) for US$815 million. The proposed sale of SDB II supports and complements the ongoing sale of the F-35A to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
Raytheon has been awarded a $450 million contract for Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) II integrated engineering change proposal contract. The contract provides for design, development, integration, test and production engineering for changes to the SDB II technical and production baseline, the US Department of Defense said in a statement Wednesday
The US Air Force completed a series of wind tunnel tests of Raytheon-built Small Diameter Bomb II with F-35 the Joint Strike Fighter. SDB II can destroy moving targets in all weather conditions at ranges greater than 40 miles
Raytheon has won $242 million contract to supply Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 guided missile round pack, missile ordnance alterations, and spares to US Navy and Qatar for fiscal 2018. RAM is a missile system designed to provide anti-ship missile defense for multiple ship platforms
Raytheon has won $387 million modification contract to procure a limited subset of items necessary to maintain schedule for eventual manufacture, assembly, test and delivery of 20 Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles and related efforts, and up to four additional foreign military sales (FMS) missiles, for a potential total of 24 missiles. The contract action also increases the transition to production undefinitized contract action (Unue developing engineering manufacturing readiness level (EMRL) 3 compliance, achieving sustained rate capability of producing two all-up rounds per month, demonstrating EMRL 4 compliance, and achieving Tactical Configuration Readiness
Raytheon has won $143 million modification contract to procure 100 full-rate production Lot 15 Tomahawk Block IV all-up-round vertical launch system missiles. Work is expected to be completed in August 2020, US department of defense said in a statement Friday
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