BA] has been awarded the second phase of a $27 million U.S.
Air Force contract for the Small Diameter Bomb I Focused
Lethality Munition (SDB I FLM) Joint Capability Technology
During the $17.7 million second phase, Boeing will integrate
the FLM warhead into the SDB I weapon, perform a series of ground
and flight tests, and manufacture a limited number of FLM weapons.
FLM warhead, developed by
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the U.S Air Force
Research Laboratory, features an advanced, multi-phase blast
explosive and a composite carbon fiber warhead case, allowing
for pinpoint strikes with low collateral damage.
The weapons are slated for flight testing in August 2007. Boeing
will deliver the first 50 weapons for operational assessment
in January 2008, with the Air Force potentially procuring as
many as 450 SDB I FLM units through 2012.