Tucson April 9, 2015 - Raytheon Company and the U.S. Air Force completed three successful Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) program reviews prior to a mid-May Milestone C decision.
During March and April, the SDB II team successfully completed a functional configuration audit, a production readiness review and a system verification review (SVR). A successful Milestone C brief and decision clears the way for low rate initial production (LRIP) in 2015 for SDB II.
"Raytheon has fully tested SDB II and verified that we meet or exceed the requirements necessary for a Lot 1 production decision laid out in the specifications provided by the U.S. government," said Jim Sweetman, SDB II program director for Raytheon Missile Systems. "Every success moves us one step closer to delivering this game-changing capability to our U.S. warfighters."
The functional configuration audit, which took place at Raytheon Missile Systems' Tucson facility, assessed SDB II's functionality. The audit also verified through rigorous testing and documentation that SDB II is in compliance with the approved design. The production readiness review successfully proved that the current design of SDB II is ready for production, and the SVR was a product and process assessment to determine that SDB II is ready for LRIP.
The SDB II program will enter production after a successful Milestone C decision, and in the coming months will enter a focused Government Confidence Testing period, followed by operational test in 2016.