Raytheon and USAF flight test Small Diameter Bomb II

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Raytheon and the US Air Force (USAF) have begun to flight test the Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) in coordinated attack and laser illuminated attack modes.

The SDB II features a highly advanced tri-mode seeker, which enables the weapon to use imaging infrared, millimeter wave and laser guidance to find targets on the battlefield. It can destroy both soft and armored targets, while keeping collateral damage to a minimum through a small explosive footprint.

Raytheon SDB II program director Jim Sweetman said, “The most recent round of SDB II flight testing verifies the weapon system’s maturity. The program continues to progress toward the next phases of government confidence testing and operational testing.

“No other weapon system in the world employs an advanced tri-mode seeker to eliminate moving and stationary targets in the battlespace.”

The coordinated attack mode of SDB II uses its onboard GPS system to attack high-value, fixed targets from close positions and from standoff ranges of more than 40 miles.

The laser mode will see SDB II using semi-active laser to track and eliminate laser-illuminated targets.

Raytheon and the Air Force are continuing to refine SDB II’s normal attack capability by flight testing against fixed and moving targets in various tactical scenarios.

In the normal attack mode, SDB II uses imaging infrared and millimeter wave seeker modes, and classifies targets as wheeled, tracked or boat.

The developmental testing of SDB II will continue this summer with more normal attack, coordinated attack and laser illuminated attack flight testing.

The SDB II team will also conduct live fire tests of all-up rounds. 

Click here to see a video of the SDB II deployment.

July 15, 2016

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