Raytheon, US Air Force complete Small Diameter Bomb II fit check on F-35 aircraft

   Raytheon, US Air Force complete Small Diameter Bomb II fit check on F-35

Test shows SDB II is compatible with Joint Strike Fighter

PR Newswire

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., Jan. 22, 2013

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The U.S. Air Force
and Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) successfully completed a fit check of the
GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.
During the test, four SDB II shapes were loaded into an F-35 weapon bay
alongside an Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. Sweeps of the inboard
and outboard bay doors verified there was adequate clearance between the two

"Completion of the fit check is critical because it further validates SDB II's
compatibility with the F-35 and keeps SDB II on track for a smooth transition
to production," said Harry Schulte, Raytheon Missile Systems' vice president
of Air Warfare Systems. "Once fielded, SDB II will provide the warfighter with
an unprecedented capability to precisely strike moving targets in adverse
weather conditions and through battlefield obscurants."

SDB II is designed to be carried by a host of 4th- and 5th-generation
aircraft, including the U.S. Air Force F-15E; the U.S. Marine Corps variant of
the Joint Strike Fighter, F-35B; and the U.S. Navy F-35C. The GBU-53/B is also
compatible with the Air Force F-35A, F/A-22 and F-16C/D, as well as the Navy

SDB II can hit targets from a range of greater than 40 nautical miles. It has
a powerful warhead capable of destroying armored targets, yet keeps collateral
damage to a minimum through a small explosive footprint. It is highly accurate
and offers warfighters the flexibility to change targets, due to a datalink
that passes mid-flight updates to the weapon.

About SDB II
SDB II's integrated tri-mode seeker, which is built in Raytheon's automated
tri-mode seeker factory, fuses millimeter-wave radar, uncooled imaging
infrared and semiactive laser sensors on a single gimbal, which enables the
weapon to seek and destroy targets, despite weather conditions.

  oThe Department of Defense has validated SDB II as a weapon that meets a
    critical warfighter need.
  oSDB II will hit moving targets in adverse weather from standoff ranges.
  oSDB II employs an uncooled tri-mode seeker.
  oThe DOD has invested more than $700 million in the SDB II program.

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion and 71,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a
history of innovation spanning 90 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. Raytheon is
headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at
www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.

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