Raytheon has finished the development testing phase for its Small Diameter Bomb II technology and started integrating the weapon on F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet planes.
The company said Thursday fighter pilots dropped and assessed 44 SDB II units to destroy maneuvering targets during the test.
“SDB II can eliminate a wider range of targets with fewer aircraft, reducing the pilot’s time in harm’s way,” said Mike Jarrett, vice president of air warfare systems at Raytheon.
The bomb demonstrated compatibility with the F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft and third-party control via a data link, Raytheon added.
Raytheon expects its SDB II program for the U.S. Air Force to complete government confidence tests this year.
Production of lot 2 bombs are now underway, the company noted.