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Raytheon's Small Diameter Bomb II Completes Control Test.

Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) completed its first post-contract award control test vehicle flight of the Small Diameter Bomb II.

During the test, a U.S. Air Force F-15E released the SDB II in flight, and after safely separating from the aircraft, the weapon deployed its wings and performed a series of preprogrammed maneuvers. The mission met all test objectives.

"The SDB II is an air-launched, precision-strike standoff weapon that will enable the warfighter to defeat moving and fixed targets in adverse weather conditions," said Harry Schulte, Raytheon Missile Systems vice president of Air Warfare Systems. "With its tri-mode seeker and highly lethal warhead, SDB II will prove an ideal solution for the warfighter."

SDB II incorporates an improved seeker that features three modes of operation: millimeter-wave radar, uncooled imaging infrared and semiactive laser. The uncooled seeker reduces the total life-cycle cost of the weapon and improves reliability by reducing part count.

"This test demonstrates the high performance of the SDB II design and validates the aerodynamic performance mold used in our simulations," said Tom White, Raytheon's SDB II program director.

Raytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 89 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.

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Publication:Imaging Update
Date:Jul 1, 2011
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