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Saab and Boeing Conduct First Launch of Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb

Defence and security company Saab and Boeing have proven that Boeing’s Small Diameter Bomb I, originally developed for use by aircraft, can be adapted for launch from a ground artillery system.


The companies recently tested the Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB), integrating the SDB I and M26 rocket motor technologies for the Multiple Launch Rocket System. The testing showed that the bomb can withstand a rocket artillery launch without its performance being compromised. The rocket motor in the test was provided by Nammo.

“GLSDB combines two highly successful, combat-proven systems into an effective ground forces offensive capability,” says Beth Kluba, vice president, Boeing Weapons and Missile Systems.

“Boeing and Saab bring together deep knowledge of precision weapons systems and can quickly and cost-effectively deliver GLSDB domestically and around the world”, says Beth Kluba.

GLSDB allows the artillery system to reach targets from significantly longer distances, and engage hard-to-reach targets, while maintaining the Small Diameter Bomb’s flight maneuverability and accuracy.

Under a teaming agreement signed last year, Boeing and Saab will offer GLSDB to current and future rocket artillery users.

“Saab is proud to expand our already successful cooperation with Boeing into yet another technology area – precision weapons systems,” says Görgen Johansson, head of business area Dynamics within Saab.

“Together, we now offer a new and game-changing capability for the U.S. as well as the global market”, says Görgen Johansson.

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