Air-Launched Weapons

US Air Force ramping up JDAM, SDB I munition production

17 October 2017

The US Air Force (USAF) is ramping up production of its Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and GBU-39B Small Diameter Bomb I (SDB I) munitions, according to a key official.

Lieutenant General Arnold Bunch, office of the assistant secretary of the air force for acquisition, military deputy, said on 17 October that the service is on track to produce as many as 8,000 SDB I munitions per year, almost triple the rate, he said, of the original contract. This would roughly represent a USD213 million boost in production as, according to the USAF, the unit price of the SDB I is USD40,000.

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