Raytheon glide bomb passes flight test
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems said it successfully launched its first GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II in a successful flight test of the gliding bomb.
In a test conducted in February and announced Tuesday, A U.S. Air Force F-15E fighter jet at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., released the bomb in flight. The unpowered weapon deployed its wings, performed a series of preprogrammed maneuvers and flew to a predesignated position, Raytheon said.
Raytheon is in competition with Boeing Co., maker of the previously deployed Small Diameter Bomb I, to develop the second-generation weapon.