SDB Conquers New Ground

March 09, 2015 in Defense

Boeing and Saab made noise – and history – last month when they proved that Boeing’s Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) I, originally developed for use by aircraft, can be adapted for launch from a ground artillery system.

The Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) allows the artillery system to reach targets from significantly longer distances, and engage hard-to-reach targets, while maintaining the Small Diameter Bomb’s flight maneuverability and accuracy.

“GLSDB combines two highly successful, combat-proven systems, the SDB and M26 rocket, into an effective ground forces offensive capability,” said Beth Kluba, vice president, Boeing Weapons and Missile Systems. “Boeing and Saab bring together deep knowledge of precision weapon systems and can quickly and cost-effectively deliver GLSDB domestically and around the world.”

Under a teaming agreement signed in August 2014, Boeing and Saab will offer GLSDB to current and future rocket artillery users.

“Saab and Boeing have a history of successful cooperation that now extends into yet another technology area – precision weapons systems,” said Görgen Johansson, President of the Dynamics Business Area within Saab AB. “Together, we now offer a new and game-changing capability for the U.S. as well as the global market.”

Boeing and Saab team members make preparations for the first Ground Launched SDB test in Vidsel, Sweden.