HUNTSVILLE (Alabama, the United States), June 14, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: Dynetics (GBU-69/B SGM )
Dynetics received an extra $470 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for growing the manufacturing of the GBU-69/B SGM (Small Glide Munition), reported FlightGlobal.
That new agreement is in addition to the $93 million IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity) contract for up to 900 SGMs, signed last year in August. Under the supplemental contract the number of the manufactured SGMs will reach to 1,000 pieces per year between the fiscal years 2018 and 2022. The agreement also covers support for testing, training, fielding and employment.
The Dynetics’ SGM is an enhanced capability, stand-off precision guided munition (SOPGM). Its qualification, integration, testing and fielding schedule of was quite accelerated. The formal operational testing and evaluation of the SGM was carried out by the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in the middle of 2016, and the approval for fielding was given in the spring of 2017.
The USSOCOM is to use the SGM aboard AC-130W and AC-130J gunships and unmanned aerial systems.
The SGM has a warhead of 27 kg with a deployable wing. This allows the SGM to glide after being released all the way to the target. Therefore the launching aircraft may stand off from the target and nearby anti-aircraft weapons.
The request for the increased production came after an earlier operation success and is also due to a recent directive by the Secretary of Defense concerning increasing the munition production. Now the directive is already met thanks to the newly signed contract.