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Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II)

Fewer aircraft, greater effectiveness

Warfighters gain ability to hit moving targets in all-weather conditions with SDB II™

Poor weather and battlefield obscurants continue to endanger warfighters as adversaries exploit these conditions to move safely from coalition air power. This has established the need for an all-weather solution that enhances warfighters' capabilities when visibility is limited.

Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II), a Raytheon Company program for the U.S. Air Force, will provide this capability to the warfighter.

F-15E fires a Raytheon SDB II (Small Diameter Bomb) Play Video

The F-15E fires a Small Diameter Bomb II.

The seeker works in three different modes to provide maximum operational flexibility: a millimeter wave radar to detect and track targets through weather, an imaging infrared for enhanced target discrimination and a semi-active laser that enables the weapon to track an airborne laser designator or one on the ground.

This powerful, integrated seeker seamlessly shares targeting information among all three modes, enabling weapons to engage fixed or moving targets at any time of day and in all-weather conditions. SDB II's tri-mode seeker can also peer through battlefield dust and debris, giving the warfighter a capability that's unaffected by conditions on the ground or in the air.

SDB II can fly more than 45 miles to strike mobile targets, reducing aircrews' time in harm's way. The weapon's small size allows fewer aircraft to take out the same number of targets as previous, larger weapons that required multiple jets. SDB II's size has broader implications for the warfighter and taxpayers, as it means fewer attacks with less time spent flying dangerous missions.

The U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force have begun SDB II integration activities on the F-35, F/A-18E/F and F-16 aircrafts. Initial planning has also started for integration on the Super Hornet.

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