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Raytheon completes Lot 1 production of Small Diameter Bomb II

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World Defense & Security Industry News - Raytheon
 
 
Raytheon completes Lot 1 production of Small Diameter Bomb II
 
Raytheon Company has completed Lot 1 production of the Small Diameter Bomb II, a new weapon that will give fighter pilots the ability to destroy moving targets at any time and in all-weather conditions. The U.S. Air Force has also contracted with Raytheon to produce Lots 2 and 3.
     
Raytheon completes Lot 1 production of Small Diameter Bomb II 640 001An artist's rendering of Raytheon's SDB II
(Credit: Raytheon)
     
The SDB II bomb is a gliding precision weapon with a one-of-a-kind tri-mode seeker that uses millimeter wave radar, uncooled imaging infrared guidance and semi-active laser guidance to find its targets. The weapon's two-way datalink allows it to receive in-flight target updates. Once fielded, SDB II will enable pilots to engage more targets at ranges greater than 40 miles using fewer aircraft.

The weapon can fly more than 45 miles to strike mobile targets, reducing the amount of time that aircrews' spend in harm's way. Its small size enables the use of fewer aircraft to take out the same number of targets as previous, larger weapons that required multiple jets. The SDB II bomb's size has broader implications for the warfighter and taxpayers, as it means fewer attacks with less time spent flying dangerous missions.

The U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy have begun SDB II bomb integration activities on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft. Raytheon will complete integration on the F-15E Strike Eagle in 2017.

"SDB II does much more than hit GPS coordinates; it detects, classifies and engages targets," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems vice president. "When it is integrated on the F-35A, this weapon will also help the world's most advanced fighter jet reach entirely new targets."

Raytheon is producing SDB II bombs at the company's fully-automated manufacturing facility in Tucson, Arizona, and the program is nearing completion of developmental testing.