BOMB RUN The U.S. Air Force has formally launched the final round of the Small-Diameter-Bomb (SDB) competition that pits Boeing against Lockheed Martin in an effort to build--in the first five years alone--more than 8,600 250-lb.-class GPS-guided bombs. The program is slated for a top-level review in late September, with a winner for the system development and demonstration phase to be named on or shortly after Oct. 1. During the three-year development effort, the victor is to build six ...

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