La guerra non è un picnic

Alla fine della guerra fra Israele e Hezbollah si disse anche la guerra mediatica fu vinta dagli Hezbollah nonostante la sua artiglieria, fanteria, intelligence, forza aerea e navale. Per la guerra di questi giorni ha avuto bisogno di ulteriori bombe intelligenti e le ha chieste a settembre. "La guerra non è un picnic".

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Notifica del Defense Security Cooperation Agency Difesa
Media/Public Contact: (703) 601-3859
Transmittal No. 08-82
Israel - GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs Israele -

WASHINGTON, September 9, 2008 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a WASHINGTON, possible Foreign Military Sale to Israel of GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs as well as associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $77 million. The Government of Israel has requested a possible sale of 1,000 GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs (SDB1), 150 BRU-61/A SDB1 Mounting Carriages, 30 Guided Test Vehicles, 2 BRU-61/A SDB Instrumented Carriages, 7 BRU-61 / A SDB1 Jettison Test Vehicles, 1 Separation Test Vehicle, 2 Reliability and Assessment Vehicles, 12 Common Munitions BIT and Reprogramming Equipment with Test Equipment and Adapters, 3 SDB1 Weapons BIT Simulators, and 2 Load Crew Trainers support equipment, personnel training and equipment, publications and technical data, US Government and contractor engineering and logistics personnel services, and other related elements of logistics support. The Il estimated cost is $77 million. Israel’s strategic position makes it vital to the United States’ interests throughout the Middle East. I Our policy has been to promote Middle East peace, support Israel’s commitment to peace with other regional Arab countries, enhance regional stability and promote Israeli readiness and self-sufficiency. national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability. This proposed sale is consistent with those objectives. Israel will have no difficulty absorbing these additional bombs into its armed forces. The proposed sale will not affect the basic military balance in the region. The principal contractor will be Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, Boeing Corporation, St. Louis, MO. . There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. Implementation of this proposed sale will involve multiple trips to Israel by US Government and contractor representatives for one-week intervals, for approximately three years. There will be no adverse impact on US defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale. This notice of a potential sale is required by law; it does not mean that the sale has been concluded.

Components and Capabilities

The SDB System comprises the following components: the weapon itself, a four-weapon carriage, a precision inertial navigation system/global positioning system, a mission-planning system, and a logistics-support system.

* Weapon
o GBU-39/B: multipurpose, insensitive, penetrating,
blast-fragmentation warhead for stationary targets; equipped
with deployable wings for extended standoff range
+ Dimensions: (L x W): 70.8" x 7.5" (1.8 m x 19 cm)
+ Weight: 285 pounds (130 kg)
+ Warhead penetration: 3 feet of steel reinforced concrete
+ Fuse: electronic safe/arm fuze (ESAF) cockpit
selectable functions, including air burst and delayed
+ Standoff maximum range: more than 60 nautical miles
o BRU-61/A "smart" pneumatic carriage
+ Payload capacity: four weapons
+ Weight: 320 pounds (145 kg) empty, 1,460 pounds (664
kg) loaded
+ Dimensions (L x W x H): 143" x 16" x 16" (3.6 m x 40.6
cm x 40.6 cm)
+ Fits nearly all delivery platforms, including
internal/external carriages in the F-22A, F-35,
Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) and B-1 and B-2 bombers
o Guidance
+ Precision inertial navigation system/global
positioning system (INS/GPS)
+ Anti-jam GPS and selective-ability anti-spoofing
module (SAASM)


The SDB System offers the following advantages over systems that have a single 1,000-pound or 2,000-pound weapon:

* More targets per sortie (4 weapons per aircraft weapons station)
* Reduces collateral damage as a result of accuracy and small weapon
* Improves pilot/aircrew safety with its extended standoff range


* Production deliveries started in April 2006 and system is in full
rate production
* Air Combat Command Commander declared initial operational
capability for the SDB System on October 2, 2006--fielded ahead of
* SDB System successfully employed in combat from F-15E Strike
Eagles of the 494^th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron providing
close-air support for ground troops operating in Iraq starting on
October 5, 2006

For more information on Small Diameter Bomb I (SDB I), read the Small Diameter Bomb Increment I (SDB I) <> overview.

For more information on Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II), read the Small Diameter Bomb Increment II (SDB II) <> overview.

For more information on Small Diameter Bomb Focused Lethality Munition (SDB FLM), read the Small Diameter Bomb Focused Lethality Munition (SDB FLM) <> overview.

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