General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) has been awarded a contract for integration of the GBU-39B/B laser small diameter bomb (LSDB) onto the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle.
The Guided Bomb Unit-39B/B will be integrated to the armed drone via a universal armament interface on a dual carriage system.
The contract, valued at around $17.4 million, was awarded by the Medium Altitude Unmanned Aerial System Division located at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
This award was a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $4.343 million are being obligated at time of award.
The contract work will be performed in Poway, California, with an expected completion date of Nov. 27, 2021.
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 laser used on the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) to enable the bomb to strike moving targets.