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GBU-39/B  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2 October 2006
Total Production: 31,570
Unitary Cost: USD$100,000
Total Cost: USD$1.5 billion
Also Known As: Focused Lethality Munition, GBU-39, GBU-39B, SDB, SDB I FLM, SDB Increment I and Small Diameter Bomb
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Boeing
Parent System: SDB
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Total Production: 48,733
Total Cost: USD$6.7 billion
Family Members: GBU-53/B
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Description: The Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) is a precision-guided munition that will enable current and future aircraft to attack more targets in a single mission. The weapon is suitable for fighter aircraft, bombers and unmanned combat aircraft (UCAV). The SDB is a 250-pound class bomb with two different guidance systems. The fire and forget SDB provided with a GPS/INS guidance system, while the direct attack mode SDB is provided with a different guidance system to attack undetermined and moving targets.

MBDA's Diamond Back range extension wing kit will be responsible for extending SDB range up to 40 nm (70km). The SDB kinetic energy will help SDB to penetrate more than 3 ft (+90 cm) of steel-reinforced concrete. Boeing and MBDA are also teaming to integrate Diamond Back assembly on JDAM bombs. Beginning in 2006 through 2018 the US Air Force will procure 24,000 SDBs as well as 2,000 carriage systems at an estimated cost of $2.5 billion. The US Air Force is expected to take a decision on SDB production in April 2005. Boeing was awarded by the US Air Force SDB low rate initial production contract worth $18.5 million on April 22, 2005. This contract called for Boeing to produce 201 SDBs and 35 BRU-61 carriages. The first SDBs were expected to be deployed on the F-15E Strike Eagle later in 2006. Air Combat Command (ACC) commander declared initial operational capability for the Guided Bomb Unit-39/B Small Diameter Bomb October 2, 2006. The bomb made its combat debut three days later during military operations in Iraq.

Boeing was awarded a $27 million contract by the US Air Force for the Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) of the SDB I Focused Lethality Munition (FLM). This new variant would provide lowered collateral damage through a larger blast effect with very few metal fragments. The warhead of this variant feature multi-phase blast explosive and a composite carbon fiber warhead case developed in conjunction by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Air Force Research Laboratory. SDB I FLM flight testing will start in August 2007 with the first 50 units to be delivered in January 2008 in support of the Air Force operational assessment. The Air Force plans call for the procurement of 450 FLMs through 2012.

GBU-39/B Applications


Combat Aircraft B-52H Stratofortress F-15 Silent Eagle F-15SA F-16E Desert Falcon F-16F Desert Falcon F/A-22A Raptor JAS 39C Gripen JAS 39D Gripen JAS 39E Gripen JAS 39F Gripen Tornado IDS Defensive Weapons GLSDB

GBU-39/B Specifications

Dimensions
Diameter: 190 millimeter (7.48 inch)
Length: 71 inch (1,803 millimeter)
Performance
Max Range: 60 nautical mile (69 mile)
Piercing in Reinforced Concrete: 1.80 meter (71 inch)
Weight
Weight: 114 kilogram (251 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

GBU-39/B News

There are 55 news between
12 Feb 2003 and 13 Sep 2016
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016US Air Force Orders Small Diameter Bombs Worth $700 Million Through 2021
Sunday, September 11, 2016Russia Develops Drill Stealth Cluster Bomb
Monday, July 11, 2016Gripen MS20 Standard Enters Service with Swedish Air Force
Wednesday, April 6, 2016FMS: Australia Seeks 3,000 GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb Increment I
Thursday, October 8, 2015Russian Air Force Developing KAB-250 Small Diameter Bomb
Thursday, September 3, 2015Saab to Introduce GLSDB Long-Range, Precision Attack Weapon at DSEI Exhibition
Wednesday, July 15, 2015FMS: Republic of Korea Seeks KF-16 Upgrade Program for 134 F-16C/D Aircraft
Tuesday, May 19, 2015FMS: Israel Seeks 29,350 JDAM and Paveway Bombs, 3,000 Hellfire Missiles and 250 AIM-120C Missiles
Thursday, May 7, 2015FMS: Singapore Seeks F-16 Block 52 Upgrade Program
Tuesday, March 10, 2015Boeing and Saab Test Small Diameter Bomb on M26 Artillery Rocket

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Israel1,000
Bunker buster version capable of penetrating 1.8 meters of reinforced concrete. Sale announcement made in September 2008 for potential use on Iranian buried targets such as nuclear facilities.
Italy500
Saudi Arabia1,000
Bombs used on F-15SA fleet
United Arab Emirates5,000
Used on F-16E/F

Grand Total 31,5706
 
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