Tuesday, January 22, 2013

SDB fit check completed

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The U.S. Air Force and Raytheon successfully completed a fit check of the GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II on the F-35. During the test, four SDB II shapes were loaded into an F-35 weapon bay alongside an Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. Sweeps of the inboard and outboard bay doors verified there was adequate clearance between the two weapons. SDB II is designed to be carried by a host of 4th- and 5th-generation aircraft. SDB II can hit targets from a range of greater than 40 nautical miles. (Source: Raytheon, 01/22/13)