Boeing is assessing whether to protest the U.S. Air Force’s $450 million contract award to Raytheon for the Small Diameter Bomb II. Deliveries of the 250-lb. GBU-53/B are slated to begin in 2013. Raytheon and a Boeing/Lockheed Martin team had been developing competing designs of the weapon, which must meet the outer mold lines and weight characteristics of Boeing’s original SDB (a weapon optimized for fixed targets) and integrate with the BRU-61 carriage system (Aerospace DAILY, Aug. ...

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