US to supply small-diameter bombs 1 to Australia
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of GBU-39/B small-diameter bombs 1 (SDB1) to Australia.
Under the estimated $172m deal, Australia has requested the supply of 2,950 SDB1, 50 guided test vehicles (GTV) with GBU-39 (T-1)/B (Inert Fuse).
Additionally, the contract covers provision for related equipment, spare parts, training and logistical support that includes publications and technical data, maintenance, personnel training, and training equipment, US Government and contractor representative engineering.
Boeing will serve as the principal contractor for production.
The principal contractor for integration has not yet been disclosed.
The weapon is capable of carrying 22.7kg of explosives, its small size increases the number of bombs that an aircraft can carry and the number of targets it can attack in a sortie.
The GBU-39 can be used in adverse weather and has a stand-off range of more than 110km due to its pop-out wings.
The US is currently working on an FMS sale of the F-35 to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), aimed at boosting combined operations and enhancing interoperability between the US Air Force (USAF) and the RAAF.
The proposed sale is expected to contribute to the US government's foreign policy and national security efforts to ensure peace and economic stability in the Western Pacific region.