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SMALL DIAMETER BOMB BECOMING A HOT ITEM ON THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
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GBU-39/B SDB I

.Source: U.S. Air Force


GBU-39/B SDB I

Source: U.S. Air Force


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SANDY HOOK CT - The U.S. Air Force is now focused on procurement and deployment of the GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment II, also known as the StormBreaker.

Raytheon commenced LRIP deliveries of the GBU-53/B in 2015. The U.S. Air Force maintains a procurement objective of 12,000 GBU-53/B weapons; the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps expect to procure an additional 5,000 StormBreaker weapons.

The GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bomb is becoming a hot item on the international market. Early in the program, the U.K. Ministry of Defence showed a great deal of interest in the SDB. Most customers for U.S. air-delivered precision-guided munitions will be eager to leverage the capabilities of the SDB. Boeing is now replenishing GBU-39/B SDB I weapons expended by U.S. operations, as well as filling export orders.

The Forecast International Weapons Group expects additional orders for the GBU-39/B SDB I. As with the SDB I, we do not anticipate significant export deliveries of the GBU-59/B StormBreaker until initial U.S. Department of Defense requirements are filled.

Source:  FI Report, Small Diameter Bomb
Author: D. Lockwood, Weapons Systems Analyst 

 
SMALL DIAMETER BOMB BECOMING A HOT ITEM ON THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
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GBU-53/B StormBreaker SDB II

.Source: Raytheon Missile Systems


GBU-53/B StormBreaker SDB II

Source: Raytheon Missile Systems


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SANDY HOOK CT - The U.S. Air Force is now focused on procurement and deployment of the GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment II, also known as the StormBreaker.

Raytheon commenced LRIP deliveries of the GBU-53/B in 2015. The U.S. Air Force maintains a procurement objective of 12,000 GBU-53/B weapons; the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps expect to procure an additional 5,000 StormBreaker weapons.

The GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bomb is becoming a hot item on the international market. Early in the program, the U.K. Ministry of Defence showed a great deal of interest in the SDB. Most customers for U.S. air-delivered precision-guided munitions will be eager to leverage the capabilities of the SDB. Boeing is now replenishing GBU-39/B SDB I weapons expended by U.S. operations, as well as filling export orders.

The Forecast International Weapons Group expects additional orders for the GBU-39/B SDB I. As with the SDB I, we do not anticipate significant export deliveries of the GBU-59/B StormBreaker until initial U.S. Department of Defense requirements are filled.

Source:  FI Report, Small Diameter Bomb
Author: D. Lockwood, Weapons Systems Analyst 

 
JAPAN WANTS LONG-RANGE MISSILES FOR PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKES
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
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.Source: Japanese MoD


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TOKYO - Japan wants to acquire a "counterstrike capability." This proposal is currently under review by the Japanese government.

Political parties are advocating revisions to Japan’s pacifist constitution. Presently, these parties hold more than two-thirds of the seats in Japan’s diet. The Liberal Democrats see a "counterstrike capability" as constitutional if in response to evidence of an imminent enemy attack.

Japan wants to deploy more than 1,000 long-range cruise missiles. An extended range version of the Type 12 surface-to-ship missile could meet part of this need. In addition, Japan could purchase the U.S.-made Tomahawk cruise missile.

Source:  Stars & Stripes
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Author: Seth Robson & Hana Kusumoto 

 

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