No CAS? No Problem! Ground-Launched SDB could close the gap

No CAS? No Problem! Ground-Launched SDB could close the gap

Since 2011, Boeing has been undertaking work to develop a way to modify its air-launched GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) into a ground-launched artillery rocket. As an entirely company-funded project, the initiative was designed to provide a new capability for land forces by enabling them to carry out strike missions that had once been the remit of air forces. Such a requirement has been growing in light of the recent decline in close air support flexibility. Simply put, there are not enough aircraft and artillery teams are the only component that can provide fire support all day, every day, even under inclement weather. Now, by partnering with Saab Group in August 2014, the Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) has finally come to fruition – and that burden on airpower could be reduced...


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