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Raytheon Completes SDB II Developmental Test; Mike Jarrett Comments

Raytheon Completes SDB II Developmental Test; Mike Jarrett Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Raytheon Completes SDB II Developmental Test; Mike Jarrett Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting eventRaytheon 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.

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