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Success for GLSDB long-range firing

15th October 2019 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Saab and Boeing have carried out a long-range test firing of the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) in Norway, Saab announced on 14 October.

The firing, which took place at the Andøya Test Center in Andenes, Norway, was carried out to validate the weapon’s ability to hit a predetermined target in the sea, 130km away from the launcher. The launcher used in the test firing was a custom made, fully autonomous, 20ft container.

The GLSDB is designed for high accuracy over long ranges, with the ability to fly complex trajectories and manoeuvres to strike targets that cannot be reached by conventional direct and indirect fire weapons. The system is launcher independent, which means that it can be fired from a containerised solution, as well as any launcher capable of using the M26 launch pod container, such as HIMARS, the M270 and ChunMoo.

The containerised solution can also be used onboard ships, providing GLSDB with the ability be fired from both land and sea assets.

Görgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics, said: ‘In collaboration with Boeing, we have developed a highly competent system that offers high precision at long range. We see a lot of potential in the GLSDB, since it provides armed forces around the world with a long range artillery capability, which there is a great demand for.’

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