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|Small Diameter Bomb II completes high-speed wind tunnel testing|
SDB II's one-of-a-kind tri-mode seeker can use millimeter wave radar, uncooled imaging infrared guidance and semi-active laser guidance to find its targets, while the weapon's two-way datalink gives pilots the ability to make in-flight target updates. SDB II will give fighter pilots the ability to eliminate the same number of targets using fewer aircraft, which reduces their time in threat areas and saves money.
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The testing took place in April and May using scale models of the weapon and the F-35. Engineers tested the lift, drag and side forces on the SDB II model at different angles of attack, and will analyze the data gathered in the next few months. With wind-tunnel testing complete, the program now moves closer to operational testing, keeping it on track for F-35 deployment in 2022.
Weighing just 208 pounds, SDB II is lighter than other glide bombs, allowing the F-35 to carry eight internally. In addition to the F-35,
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