Small Diameter Bomb Video
On eDefense Online I've posted our first video feature on the GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) program for the US Air Force. The Boeing GBU-39 is now undergoing operational trials at Eglin AFB, FL, and is scheduled to enter service on the F-15E Strike Eagle in late 2006. To use a tired phrase, the SDB is truly a transformational weapon, particularly for existing aircraft. Because it is GPS/INS guided, the SDB can be used to hit targets identified through passive geolocation means, which is a major advance. The glide bomb's 60-70 nautical mile range means the aircraft can make standoff attacks outside the range of short-range and some medium-range air defense systems. Up to four can SDBs can be carried in place of a single 1,000-lb bomb. The B-2 can carry up to 160 SDBs, all of which can be independently targeted to hit different aim points. Also, the relative accuracy and small warhead size of the weapon enables it to be used in a close support role in fairly close proximity to friendly forces and civilians.
Defense Industry Daily has been covering the SDB program as well.
The video is an extension of a post I made here a while back. We are going to make "Programs to Watch" a regular feature on eDefense Online. If you have any suggestions for candidate programs to profile, I'd be happy to read them.