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. Raytheon's GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II Completes First Flight

The seeker on Raytheon's GBU-53/B leverages the company's experience with the proven Non Line-of-Sight-Launch System Precision Attack Missile.
by Staff Writers
Eglin AFB FL (SPX) May 01, 2009
Raytheon Company launched its first GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II as a control test vehicle (CTV) flight.

A U.S. Air Force F-15E fighter aircraft released the GBU-53/B in flight. After safely separating from the aircraft, the weapon deployed its wings, performed a series of preprogrammed maneuvers and flew to a predesignated position. The mission met all primary test objectives.

"The success of the CTV flight proves Raytheon's GBU-53/B is on track to demonstrate our low-risk entry into engineering manufacturing development," said Harry Schulte, Raytheon Missile Systems vice president of Air Warfare Systems.

"GBU-53/B's improved tri-mode seeker represents the most cost-effective, low-risk and highly capable solution for the warfighter to eliminate moving targets in adverse weather."

The seeker on Raytheon's GBU-53/B leverages the company's experience with the proven Non Line-of-Sight-Launch System Precision Attack Missile.

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