Boeing to Produce Small Diameter Bombs for FMS Customers, Including Israel

Boeing has won a $193 million contract to supply 6,000 Small Diameter Bombs to the US Air Force and foreign allies, including Israel, Saudi Arabia, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, and Singapore

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Boeing has been awarded a $193.6 million modification contract for Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) Increment 1 Lots 12-14 production, Defense World reported.

According to a statement by the US Department of Defense, this contract involves foreign military sales to Israel, Saudi Arabia, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, and Singapore. Work is expected to be completed by December 30, 2020.

The SDB is a munition small enough to launch from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other small military aircraft and can hit moving targets with an advanced precision-guided munition seeker that blends millimeter-wave radar, uncooled imaging infrared sensors, and semi-active laser, according to Military & Aerospace.

The Small Diameter Bomb is designed to fit inside concealed aircraft weapons bays. The small size of the munition helps reduce the radar signatures of the aircraft that carry it, as well as keep collateral damage to a minimum when the munition hits its targets.