Boeing recently delivered the last of 500 Focused
Lethality Munitions under its current contract with the
Air Force on time and within budget, the company announced
Dec. 19. The GBU-39B is a variant of Boeing's collateral-limiting Small Diameter
Bomb that utilizes a carbon fiber, rather than a steel casing, to minimize
injury to personnel. "This direct attack FLM team not only delivered to
our customer with remarkable efficiency, but also provided an important tool to
protect the lives of U.S. and coalition forces around the world," said
company SDB program manager Gary Rodenberg in the release. USAF aircraft have dropped a total of 23 of
the 285-pound warheads in combat and have a 100 percent mission success rate, Boeing
stated. The folding-fin jam-resistant, GPS guided weapon utilizes the same
mounting and interface as SDB, allowing RPAs as well as larger combat aircraft
to carry the weapon. (GBU-39B factsheet)
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