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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Small Diameter Bomb II completes Live Fire Tests

Raytheon Company and the U.S. Air Force completed two successful Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) all-up round live fire test flights that demonstrated the weapon's ability to detect, track and destroy moving targets.

The flight tests, which took place at the White Sands Missile Test Range, are the final flight events required prior to Milestone C and the start of Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP). Live warheads replaced telemetry payloads and completed the end-to-end tactical configuration that will be delivered to the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.

"These tests showcased the weapon's new multi-effects warhead that provides SDB II with the capability to destroy targets while reducing collateral damage," said John O'Brien, Raytheon SDB II program director.

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