Raytheon Completes First Round Of Production Of New Weapon

Published: Monday, December 18, 2017 - 5:05am

Raytheon has just completed the first round of production on a new weapon. The program is based in Tucson.

The Small Diameter Bomb II can hit moving targets regardless of weather, a capability that doesn’t exist today.

“When there’s weather, that requires line of sight from the laser designator, the weapon and the target. And so, when you start putting clouds and weather in the mix, that becomes very hard to do,” said Mike Heyser, a senior business development manager at Raytheon.

The U.S. Air Force and Navy have begun using the bomb on F-35, F/A-18 and F-15E aircraft. Raytheon is the world’s largest missile maker with over 11,000 employees in Arizona.

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