U.S. approves sale of Small Diameter Bomb to Australia for its F-35A fighter

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment II (SDB II) to Australia, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement.

The estimated cost of the proposed sale is $815 million.

The Government of Australia has requested a possible sale of up to three thousand nine hundred (3,900) GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment II (SDB II), up to thirty (30) GBU-53/B Guided Test Vehicles (GTV), up to sixty (60) GBU-53/B Captive Carry Reliability Trainers (CCRT).

Also included in this sale are Weapon Load Crew Trainers (WLCT), Practical Explosive Ordinance Disposal Trainers (PEST), containers, support and ground crew test equipment, site survey, transportation, warranties, repair and return, maintenance, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor representative engineering, logistics, and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support.

The proposed sale of SDB II supports and complements the ongoing sale of the F-35A to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).  This capability will strengthen combined operations, particularly air to ground strike missions in all-weather conditions, and increase interoperability between the United States and the RAAF.

The principal contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, AZ.

GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II:

GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II is an American air-launched, precision-guided glide bomb.

Development was started in 2006 for a 250 pounds (113 kg) class bomb that can identify and strike mobile targets from standoff distances in all weather conditions. The weapon can fly more than 45 miles to strike mobile targets.

Its first flight was announced on May 1, 2009.

The U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy have begun SDB II bomb integration activities on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft. Raytheon will complete integration on the F-15E Strike Eagle in 2017.

A contract to start low-rate production was awarded to Raytheon in June 2015.

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