Boeing company has announced that the Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) program scored
an important success on December 13 and 15, 2004, when an F-15E dropped two
fully functional GBU-39s at White Sands Missile range, New Mexico. GBU-39 bomb
is also known as SDB Increment I.
The bombs were released from the F-15E flying at 15,000-ft (4,600 meters) and
scored direct hits on each assigned target. This is the first time such a test
is conducted by the US Air Force using the SDB. On target was a scoring board
and the other was a Russian rocket launcher where the SDB sensor detonated the
warhead just before the impact optimizing blast/fragmentation effects.
These two GBU-39s performed the 15th and 16th guided missions for the SDB
program. The launches tested the complete SDB system including logistics,
mission planning, pneumatic four weapon carriage, and the enhanced accuracy
system currently deployed in the United States. GBU-39 is planned to go into
production in fiscal year 2006 and achieving initial operational capability
(IOC) in 2006. GBU-40 Increment II weapon variant for moving targets will enter development
in fiscal year 2006.
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