Business

July 14, 2014

Small Diameter Bomb II program steps up integration activity

Raytheon, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force have begun Small Diameter Bomb II integration activities on the F-35, F/A-18E/F, and F-16 aircrafts.

Preliminary SDB II fit checks and pit tests have been completed on the F-35, supporting the Joint Strike Fighter’s ability to carry eight SDB IIs internally.

Following a successful fit check on the F/A-18E/F, initial planning has also started for SDB II integration on the Super Hornet. A series of F-16 test flights utilizing SDB II Instrumented Measurement Vehicles were also recently completed. Each of these efforts represents the start of integration activities for those respective platforms.

SDB II integration on the F-15E has been under way since 2010, with several successful flight tests demonstrating the weapon’s ability to hit both moving and stationary targets.

“Beginning the integration efforts on different aircraft is an important first step in bringing SDB II’s capabilities to other front line fighters,” said John O’Brien, Raytheon SDB II program director. “With the start of low-rate initial production right around the corner, SDB II will soon be in the hands of our war fighters and making a difference on the battlefield.”

Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force are completing a series of flight tests that will move the SDB II program closer to Milestone C, the gateway to begin low-rate production.

SDB II can strike targets from a range of more than 40 nautical miles, with a dynamic warhead that can destroy both soft and armored targets, while keeping collateral damage to a minimum through a small explosive footprint. The highly accurate SDB II offers warfighters the flexibility to change targets through a secure datalink that passes in-flight updates to the weapon.

“SDB II integration on multiple platforms will allow more warfighters to take advantage of the tri-mode seeker’s game-changing capability to acquire, track, engage and destroy both stationary and moving targets in adverse weather,” said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems Vice President. “Upcoming flight tests and live fire shots will further demonstrate the end-to-end capability of SDB II.”

SDB II employs Raytheon’s uncooled tri-mode seeker.The new seeker operates in three modes: millimeter-wave radar, uncooled imaging infrared and semi-active laser. These three modes enable the weapon to seek and destroy targets, even in adverse weather conditions from standoff ranges.

The DOD has validated SDB II as a weapon that meets a critical warfighter need and has invested more than $700 million in the SDB II program.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines September 19, 2014

News: McKeon on broader military authorization: Anything can ‘fail or pass’ - Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said if Congress returns after the midterm elections to weigh a broader military authorization for the battle against Islamic State, it might not pass. Defense contractor gets 7 years for giving secrets...
 
 

News Briefs September 19, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,203 As of Sept. 16, 2014, at least 2,203 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,823 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result...
 
 

Pratt & Whitney, U.S. Air Force complete qualification for F135 engine testing

Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. , together with its U.S. Air Force partner at the F135 Heavy Maintenance Center at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., celebrated another significant milestone qualification for F135 engine testing at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex. OC-ALC which in addition to engine testing is also qualified to perform...
 

 
Navy photograph

Triton has first cross-country flight from Palmdale

Northrop Grumman photograph The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System takes off from Northrop Grummanís Palmdale, Calif., facility Sept. 17 for its first cross-country flight to Naval Air Station Patuxent, River, Md. PALMDALE,...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Michael J. Pausic

Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

Air Force photograph by Michael J. Pausic Gen. Phillip Breedlove informs the assembled crowd about the results of the recent NATO Summit and the areas of instability that affect Europe that have regional implications. Seated in...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash

AFRL commander describes Air Force’s technology vision

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello takes a question from an audience member after discussing Air Force Research Laboratory breakthrough technologies during the 2014 Air Force Association’s Air ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>