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Boeing wins a $700mn USAF contract for Small Diameter Bombs delivery
 
The US-based defense giant Boeing has been awarded a $700 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Small Diameter Bomb Increment 1 (SDB 1) Lot 12-14 production. The contractor will provide SDB 1 weapons and carriage systems, the US Department of Defense announced on Sept. 13, 2016.
     
Boeing wins 700mn USAF contract for Small Diameter Bombs delivery 640 001Boeing Defense's GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb
(Credit: Boeing Defense)
     
"Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 12, 2021. This contract involves foreign military sales (FMS). Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity," the US DoD said.

The GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb is a 250 lb (110 kg) precision-guided glide bomb that is intended to provide aircraft with the ability to carry a higher number of more accurate bombs. The original SDB is equipped with a GPS-aided inertial navigation system to attack fixed/stationary targets such as fuel depots, bunkers etc.

The SDB is currently integrated on the F-15E Strike Eagle, Panavia Tornado, JAS-39 Gripen and AC-130W. Future integration is planned for the F-16 Fighting Falcon (already incorporated on Dutch F-16's), F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning II, A-10 Thunderbolt II, B-1 Lancer, B-2 Spirit, and the B-52 Stratofortress.

 

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