27 June 2014
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and the US Air Force concluded a series of flight tests for the Small Diameter Bomb II, culminating in direct hits on stationary land targets. The tests position the SDB II program to move to low rate initial production.
Using upgraded hardware and electronics during extended periods of flight, SDB II successfully acquired and engaged several stationary targets.
SDB II can hit targets from a range of more than 40 nautical miles. Its powerful warhead can destroy armored targets, while keeping collateral damage to a minimum through a small explosive footprint. The highly accurate SDB II offers warfighters the flexibility to change targets through a datalink that passes inflight updates to the weapon.
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