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March 11th, 2007 APA Update - F-22 Small Diameter Bomb Integration and Testing This recent news video report released by the US Air Force shows initial carriage testing of the latest GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bomb on the F-22, as well as some footage from initial trial drops of the bomb. The bomb has recently been deployed in Iraq on the F-15E fighter.

US planning sees the Small Diameter Bomb as the primary weapon carried by fighter bombers, and both the F-22 and JSF will carry an identical payload of eight of these weapons.

Public claims by Defence and the Minister that the F-22 is not an effective bomber ignore current and past developments in the US, as evidenced by this video.

Dr Carlo Kopp, MIEEE, SMAIAA, PEng
Defence Analyst and Consulting Engineer
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