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Lawmakers tell Air Force to look at cheaper missiles while SDB II matures

July 14, 2017 |
Rachel Karas
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The House Armed Services Committee wants the Air Force to explore cheaper dual-mode weapons even as Raytheon's tri-mode GBU-53, the Small Diameter Bomb II, prepares to reach initial operational capability on the F-15E in fiscal year 2019. "The committee supports continued development, production, and fielding of the GBU--53," according to the July 6 report accompanying the committee's mark of the FY-18 defense policy bill. "However, the committee also encourages the Department of the Air Force to look at less-expensive dual-mode...

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