Saab has entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nammo and Nordic Shelter to help the continued Floor-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) marketing campaign. The brand new settlement was introduced throughout a signing 23 November 2021 in Oslo, Norway. Nammo will contribute with its experience in rocket motor growth and manufacturing as a part of the GLSDB propulsion sub-system. Nordic Shelter brings the information and expertise wanted for the event and manufacturing of a modular GLSDB launcher, based mostly on a function constructed 20-foot ISO-container. With a spread of 150 km, the power to hit targets throughout a large space, and a precision so excessive it could hit the goal inside a radius of 1 meter. Saab and Boeing have collectively developed the Floor-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) – the rocket artillery munition designed to satisfy the evolving wants of the armed forces.

“With Nammo and Nordic Shelter as a part of the crew, we now have two nice Norwegian corporations who can profit from future export prospects, whereas lending their experience to make GLSDB an much more compelling resolution. The vary of the system, its 360? protection and precision, with the power to make use of a discrete launcher configuration makes GLSDB distinctive amongst artillery programs,” says Görgen Johansson, Head of Saab’s enterprise space Dynamics.


Saab Floor Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB). (Picture by Saab)

Floor-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) is a protracted vary, precision artillery system developed by Saab and Boeing. The system relies on Boeing’s air-launched Small Diameter Bomb, which has been in manufacturing since 2006, with greater than 30 000 models shipped. GLSDB allows Small Diameter Bomb to be ground-launched from all kinds of launchers and configurations. GLSDB leverages the funding made by these Air Forces and gives a low value functionality for land forces. The SDB household of warheads gives a wide range of floor launched options, with present variants for shifting/re-locatable targets and ultra-low collateral injury. The SDB functionality roadmap additionally gives for operations in GPS-denied environments, space assault and fascinating vitality emitting targets.

Because the unique model of SDB was an air-to-surface-solution, all crucial know-how such because the navigation system lies throughout the bomb. The SDB navigates in direction of the goal with INS Navigation that’s supported by a extremely jamming resistance GPS. Because the system doesn’t want a ballistic path towards the goal it’s doable to launch the GLSDB from a container, and interact targets 360 levels with out shifting the launcher. In addition to this, any launcher able to utilizing the MLRS Launch pod container, can also be used (M270, HIMARS, CHUNMOO).GLSDB has the power to fly non-ballistic trajectories and maneuvers to strike targets that can’t be reached by standard direct hearth weapons, reminiscent of withreverse slope engagement.

Saab Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB).
Saab Floor Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB). (Picture by Saab)