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SDB II Lot 1 Production Completed

SDB II Lot 1 Production Completed 15 December, 2017

Raytheon has completed Lot 1 production of the Small Diameter Bomb II, the company announced on 13 December. The U.S. Air Force has also contracted with Raytheon to produce Lots 2 and 3.

The SDB II features a seeker that uses millimetre wave radar, uncooled imaging infrared guidance and semi-active laser guidance to find its targets. The weapon's two-way datalink allows it to receive in-flight target updates. Once fielded, SDB II will enable pilots to engage more targets at ranges greater than 40 miles using fewer aircraft.

The US Air Force and Navy have begun SDB II bomb integration activities on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft.

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