Lot 1 pro­duc­tion of SDB IIs com­pleted

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - World Aviation & Defence News -

Raytheon has com­pleted Lot 1 pro­duc­tion of the Small Di­am­e­ter Bom­bII, “a new weapon that will give fighter pi­lots the abil­ity to de­stroy mov­ing tar­gets at any time and in all-weather con­di­tions.” The US Air Force has also con­tracted with Raytheon to pro­duce Lots 2 and 3. The SDB II bomb is a glid­ing pre­ci­sion weapon with a unique tri-mode seeker that uses mil­lime­ter wave radar, un­cooled imag­ing in­frared guid­ance and semi-ac­tive laser guid­ance to ac­quire 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. Raytheon is pro­duc­ing SDB II bombs at the com­pany’s fully-au­to­mated man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Tuc­son, Ari­zona, with the pro­gramme near­ing com­ple­tion of de­vel­op­men­tal test­ing.

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