Small Diameter Bomb II program remains ahead of schedule

Tests val­i­date inte­gra­tion of uncooled tri-mode seek­er hard­ware and software

TUCSON, Ariz., Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Company’s (NYSE: RTN) Small Diam­e­ter Bomb II pro­gram remains ahead of sched­ule after com­plet­ing a series of tests that demon­strat­ed suc­cess­ful inte­gra­tion of pro­duc­tion tri-mode seek­er hard­ware and software.

Dur­ing the tests, a seek­er built on an active pro­duc­tion line was mount­ed on a tow­er and tracked a vari­ety of mov­ing tar­gets in imag­ing infrared and mil­lime­ter wave modes. The tests proved that the seeker’s soft­ware could seam­less­ly pass data between modes, allow­ing the weapon’s algo­rithms to arrive at a tar­get­ing solution.

The warfight­er has a crit­i­cal, unmet need for a weapon that can hit a mov­ing tar­get regard­less of weath­er con­di­tions, and Raytheon is doing its part to give it to them,” said Har­ry Schulte, vice pres­i­dent of Air War­fare Sys­tems for Raytheon Mis­sile Sys­tems. “This test is the most recent in a series of suc­cess­es that keep the SDB II pro­gram on cost and ahead of schedule.”

SDB II fills a crit­i­cal capa­bil­i­ty gap for warfight­ers by enabling fight­er and bomber air­craft to engage mov­ing tar­gets in adverse weath­er from ranges greater than 40 nau­ti­cal miles (approx­i­mate­ly 46 statute miles).

About the Small Diam­e­ter Bomb II

SDB II’s inte­grat­ed tri-mode seek­er 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.

SDB II uses an uncooled tri-mode seek­er to hit mov­ing tar­gets in adverse weath­er con­di­tions.
The SDB II pro­gram is per­form­ing on cost and ahead of sched­ule.
Ear­ly Octo­ber tests proved the hard­ware and soft­ware could pass data between seek­er modes.
About Raytheon

Raytheon Com­pa­ny, with 2010 sales of $25 bil­lion, is a tech­nol­o­gy and inno­va­tion leader spe­cial­iz­ing in defense, home­land secu­ri­ty and oth­er gov­ern­ment mar­kets through­out the world. With a his­to­ry of inno­va­tion span­ning 89 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. With head­quar­ters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 peo­ple world­wide. For more about Raytheon, vis­it us at and fol­low us on Twit­ter at @raytheon.

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