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Saudi Arabia’s $290M Small Diameter Bomb Procurement Request Gets State Department Approval

The State Department has cleared Saudi Arabia’s request to procure 3K GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb I munitions produced by Boeing (NYSE: BA), associated equipment and support services from the U.S. government through a potential $290M foreign military sales deal.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Tuesday the agreement will also include the procurement of containers and parts and engineering, logistics and technical support.

DSCA noted that Saudi Arabia wants to procure the bombs to increase the country's inventory of long-range, precision air-to-ground munitions.

Boeing developed the SDB with a multipurpose warhead and a pneumatic carriage that can house up to four weapons. The glide bomb technology is designed to integrate with fighter and bomber aircraft platforms as well as unmanned aerial vehicles.

The company received a $2.24B contract in September to provide Lot 15 SDB I production units to the Department of Defense and seven U.S. allies.

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