A Boeing/Saab team is on track to deliver the first Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) and a new launcher to the Ukrainian military, a company official said on Oct. 9.
“We’re on track to deliver in accordance with the government time line,” Jim Leary, a senior director of business at Boeing Company told Global Defense Corp.
Ukraine will receive Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) missiles – an alternative to ATACMS missiles — no earlier than autumn, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper said while, giving testimony to the U.S. Congress on June 22.
The delays are due to development and production issues, Cooper said.
The announcement of the GLSDB missile transfer to Ukraine was made on February 3, 2023, as part of a $2.175 billion military aid package for Ukraine.
The GLSDB glide bomb’s extended range of 94 miles (150 kilometers) could enable Ukraine to target previously unreachable locations and assist in its counterattacks by disrupting Russian positions further behind enemy lines, Reuters reported on Jan. 31.
The GLSDB is a collaborative effort between Boeing (United States) and SAAB AB (Sweden). These munitions can be launched from the HIMARS and M270 systems, which have already been delivered to Ukraine.
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