Boeing awards Cobham weapons-carriages contract

International aerospace and defence company Cobham has been awarded a contract from Boeing to manufacture more than 400 units for the seventh production lot of the BRU-61/A weapons-carriage system, capable of supporting the US Air Force’s Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) programme.

To date, Cobham has supplied more than 1,400 carriages in support of worldwide operations.

The BRU-61/A is used by the Air Force’s F-15E jet fighter to carry four SDB precision-strike munitions, increasing the aircraft capability per sortie.

The BRU-61/A utilises pneumatic ejection technology to release the SDB, using compressed air rather than pyrotechnic cartridges, as per older weapons carriage systems.