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Raytheon Awarded 144M Small Diameter Bomb II Risk Reduction Contract

File photo: A Small Diameter Bomb.
by Staff Writers
Tucson AZ (SPX) Apr 24, 2006
Raytheon has been awarded a $144 million contract from the U.S. Air Force Air Armament Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., to conduct risk reduction work for Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) II. Raytheon will be competing for selection in 42 months as the prime contractor for the SDB II program, which has a potential value of more than $1.3 billion.

As a netted weapon with an all-weather tri-mode seeker, SDB II provides warfighters with advanced capability to attack moving targets. This results in a very robust weapon system compatible with a wide variety of GPS-based targeting systems that can acquire and recognize moving targets.

"SDB II is one of the first members of the next generation of network-capable weapons," said Louise Francesconi, president of Raytheon's Missile Systems business in Tucson where the contract will be executed. "Raytheon is committed to bring this capability to the warfighter as quickly as possible."

"SDB II represents a total system solution enabling airborne and ground-based warfighters to communicate with and control a sophisticated small guided bomb to engage moving targets," said Ken Pedersen, vice president of Advanced Programs. "With the rapid advances in computer and electronics capability and affordability, it is exciting how much sophistication and capability we can put in this next generation of low-cost weapons."

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Russian Bombers Flew Undetected Across Arctic
Moscow, Russia (RIA) Apr 24, 2006
Russian military planes flew undetected through the U.S. zone of the Arctic Ocean to Canada during recent military exercises, a senior Air Force commander said Saturday. The commander of the country's long-range strategic bombers, Lieutenant General Igor Khvorov, said the U.S. Air Force is now investigating why its military was unable to detect the Russian bombers.







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