Small Diameter Bomb First Flight


Released on Wednesday, February 12, 2003
GBU-39/B
CAD - Component Advanced Development
JASSM - Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile
SDB - Small Diameter Bomb
SDD - System Development and Demonstration
USAF - United States Air Force
WCMD - Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser
Lockheed-Martin's Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) team successfully completed several significant tests during the program's Component Advanced Development (CAD) phase.

The SDB prototype has been the first of two prototypes to fly during tests in December, January and February. Boeing is developing the other prototype for the SDB program.

SDB is a precision-guided, miniature munition that will enable US fighters and bombers to attack more targets with fewer airplanes. Lockheed Martin is engaged in a two-year competitive program to develop the design for the bomb and carriage system.

Lockheed-Martin's SDB program leverages expertise gained from its JASSM and WCMD programs.

The tests were conducted at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, executing 4 instrumented flight tests collecting vibration, temperature, pressure, loads and acoustic environmental data in the F-15E SDB captive carry envelope.

There was conducted a warhead sled test in which a Lockheed Martin SDB penetrated a hardened target, including warhead penetration, warhead and fuze survival, and fuze detonation.

Aircraft fit-check testing on the F-15E, F/A-22, B-1, A-10, F-16, B-52 and F-117 has demonstrated that the Lockheed Martin SDB physically integrates seamlessly onto the USAF's program threshold aircraft.

Later this year, the USAF will select a single contractor between Lockheed-Martin and Boeing to move into the program's SDD phase and later into production.

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