The "SDB" plane bomb transformed into an artillery shell


Boeing and Saab would have shown that the Small Diameter Bomb I, originally developed for use by aircraft, can be adapted for launch from a ground artillery system.

The two companies recently put the Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) to the test, integrating the rocket engine technologies of the SDB I and the M26 rocket on a Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS). The test showed that the bomb is able to withstand the launch without compromising performance.

GLSDB would allow the MLRS system to reach targets at significantly greater distances, engaging difficult targets and maintaining the flight maneuverability and accuracy of the small Small Diameter Bomb.

As part of a collaboration agreement signed last year, Boeing and Saab will offer the new GLSDBs to owners of current and future rocket artillery systems. The engine used during the test was supplied by Nammo.

Source: Boeing

(in the photo above - US DoD source - the effects of an SDB)