Cobham to supply carriage systems for SDB

Cobham’s Mission Equipment strategic business unit has been awarded further production contracts by Boeing to supply more than 500 BRU-61/A carriage systems for the Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) programme.

The BRU-61/A is a pneumatic multi-store system designed for the carriage and release of Boeing’s SDB weapon system, which has been in service since 2006 on the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle.

According to Cobham, the carriage system provides combat aircraft with the capacity to carry four SDB precision-guided unitary munitions on each weapon station.

The BRU-61/A carriage is capable of carrying and pneumatically ejecting SDB munitions at subsonic and supersonic speeds with the potential growth to be integrated on other fighter, bomber and unmanned aircraft.

‘We are very pleased to receive further orders for SDB carriages following continued investment in a system that is designed to carry multiple stores and pneumatically eject munitions at supersonic speeds,’ said Iain Gibson, vice-president of Cobham Mission Equipment.

To date, Cobham has supplied more than 900 carriages in support of worldwide operations. The BRU-61/A will be manufactured at Cobham’s facility in Orchard Park, New York, US.