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Raytheon nets $15M to support small diameter bomb II

Raytheon nets $15M to support small diameter bomb II
Raytheon has received a $15 million ceiling increase for technical support for SDB II bombs, shown here with an F-15E fighter aircraft. Photo courtesy of Raytheon

Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Raytheon has been awarded a $15 million increase to a previous contract for Small Diameter Bomb II technical support, increasing the total value of the contract to $115 million, the Department of Defense said.

The CGU-53 StormBreaker, also known as the Small Diameter Bomb II, is an air-launched, precision-glide bomb that can can use GPS/INS to guide itself into the general vicinity of a moving target during the initial search phase. It entered into operational testing in 2018.

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The Air Force plans to use the bomb on F-15E Strike Eagles, and the Navy and Marines intend to use it on their versions of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, with the Navy also integrating the SDB II onto the F/A-18 Super Hornet jets and the F-35B and C fighters.

The Pentagon's fiscal year 2021 budget proposal includes a request for $432 million for 1,490 Small Diameter Bombs -- part of a $21.3 billion munitions investment.

This week's contract provides for technical support throughout engineering and manufacturing development, production and sustainment phases, and will be performed in Tucson, Ariz.

The expected completion date for this contract is July 25, 2024.

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