MBDA has been contracted by Boeing to produce Diamond Back wing assemblies for the Small Diameter Bomb (SDB-1).

Under the contract, the company will produce up to 21,000 units of Diamond Back wing assembly.

The Diamond Back wing assembly’s patented tandem wing design is claimed to improve SDB’s manoeuvrability and extend its range to more than 60nm, in addition to increasing pilot safety and expanding operational reach.

The wing assembly provides stand-off and cross-track manoeuvrability for a significantly expanded footprint for air-launched stores.

The assembly’s compressed carriage design meets the demanding space requirements for rotary launchers in the B-1 and B-2 bombers, as well as for the internal carriage on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and F-22 Raptor.

MBDA CEO John Pranzatelli said: “This new award is possible thanks to our strong partnership with Boeing and outstanding past performance over many years of delivering wing kits.

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“The wing assembly provides stand-off and cross-track manoeuvrability for a significantly expanded footprint for air-launched stores.”

“As the MBDA Huntsville team scales up and expands our reach into the US supply chain, we will continue to meet customer requirements on time and budget.

“In addition to Diamond Back, MBDA remains committed to introducing MBDA’s superior portfolio of precision-guided munitions and advanced technology to the US.”

The SDB-1 is an advanced precision-guided glide bomb that enables aircraft to carry a higher number of weapons and accurately strike multiple targets in a single combat sortie.

MBDA produced a total of more than 18,000 Diamond Back wing assemblies and produced the 20,000th unit in September.

The company will continue assembling and testing the wing assemblies at its facility in Huntsville, Alabama, US.