Teams led by Boeing and Raytheon submitted their proposals for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Air Force’s small diameter bomb II program in early November 2009, meeting the service’s filing deadline. The Air Force is expected to choose the winner in spring 2010 to complete development of the 250-pound-class air-dropped weapon system and then supply thousands of these bombs, which are designed to defeat moving surface targets in all weather conditions. Here, airmen load a Boeing SDB II guided test vehicle onto an F-15E prior to a test flight at Eglin AFB, Fla., on Sept 29, 2009.
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