GLSDB from Norway

GLSDB from Norway 19 October, 2019


Saab and Boeing announced that they successfully test-fired the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) in Norway. The test-firing took place at the Andøya Test Centre in Andenes, Norway, September 26, 2019. The objective of the test firing was to hit a predetermined target in the sea, 130 km away from the launcher. The launcher used in the test firing was a custom made, fully autonomous, 20-foot container.

The GLSDB is essentially a GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) integrated to a ground-launched rocket. The GLSDB system can fly complex trajectories and manoeuvres to strike targets that cannot be reached by conventional direct and indirect fire weapons. With this ammunition, a land-based force need does not need to call for air support if they identify a valuable target.

Like its air-launched variant, the GLSDB relies on satellite-aided (GPS) navigation; but it is also available with a semi-active laser-homing kit as well.

Saab states that the GLSDB offers a maximum range of 150 km. If deployed through an M270 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), the end-user can deploy each M270 with up to six GLSDBs. The containerised solution can also be used on-board ships, providing GLSDB with the ability to be fired from both land and sea assets.

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GLSDB from Norway

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