Raytheon and the Air Force completed a series of flight tests of the
Small Diameter Bomb II, according to the company. The munition, using
upgraded hardware and electronics, "successfully acquired and engaged
several stationary targets," states Raytheon's June 26 release.
These tests showcased the ability of the bomb's tri-mode seeker "to
acquire, track, engage, and destroy both stationary and moving targets
in adverse weather," said John O'Brien, the company's SDB II program
director. "Upcoming live-fire tests will prove the end-to-end capability
of SDB II and will demonstrate the program's readiness to progress to
system verification review and milestone C, clearing the way for
production," he said. The bomb has a range of more than 40 nautical
miles, states the release. (See also SDB II Scores Hits in Flight Tests.)
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