SDB II Integration Delay

Raytheon’s GBU-53 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) II will achieve its initial operational capability (IOC) on the F-15E Strike Eagle in FY 2019, two years later than originally planned, the Air Force has announced. The SDB II will achieve IOC on the F-35B and F-35C Lightning II in FY 2022, followed by IOC on the F-35A.

The SDB II is intended to provide an all-weather moving target attack capability uses a multimode (millimetre wave radar, laser and imaging infrared) seeker. Engineering and manufacturing development testing was scheduled to be completed by June 2017.