Boeing awarded contract for laser small diameter bombs

Boeing has been awarded a firm-fixed-price contract, worth around 10.5 million, for GBU-39B/B laser small diameter bombs (LSDB).

The sole-source acquisition contract was awarded by U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) located at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Fiscal 2018 procurement funds for the amount are being obligated at the time of award.

The contract work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, with an expected completion date of March 6, 2019.

GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb

GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) is a 250 lb (110 kg) precision-guided glide bomb that is intended to provide aircraft with the ability to carry a higher number of more accurate bombs.

Most U.S. Air Force aircraft will be able to carry (using the BRU-61/A rack) a pack of four SDBs in place of a single 2,000 lb (907 kg) bomb. The Laser Small Diameter Bomb (LSDB) integrates the Semi-active Laser (SAL) sensor used on Boeing’s Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) to enable the bomb to strike moving targets.

Besides providing a safer standoff distance for pilots at greater than 60 nautical miles, Laser SDB target coordinates can be updated after weapon release by illuminating the target with standard Laser designation procedures. Laser SDB also retains a smaller warhead that provides reduced collateral damage, and offers ultra-low fragmentation with the composite focused lethality munition (FLM) variant.

SDB I, with its carriage of four weapons each, fits on fighter/bomber external smart stations and in the internal bays of the F-22A, F-35, Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles (UCAV) and, B-1 and B-2 bombers. Because Laser SDB is the same size as SDB I, it will fit in all current SDB I configurations.

In August 2003, following a two-year competitive phase, the Air Force selected Boeing to develop and build the SDB system. The Boeing and Air Force SDB I Team delivered the SDB system to the warfighter at cost and ahead of schedule. The Air Force declared Initial Operational Capability in October 2006, and SDB has been in combat use on the F-15E since October 2006. Using the same Semi-active Laser (SAL) sensor from Boeing’s Laser JDAM, Laser SDB was developed in 2010 and began initial testing in 2011.

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