The AC-130 is getting a new weapon

The U.S. Air Force has placed a sole-source order for 70 GBU-69/B Small Glide Munitions (SGMs) with Dynetics. The contract also has an option to buy 30 more weapons.

GBU-69B
Graphic: Dynetics

Flight Global reports that the flying branch intends to integrate the weapon on its AC-130 and other platforms.

There were three other potential competitors but each failed to meet the requirements for one reason or another.

The SGM is a 60 lb. class, Stand-Off Precision Guided Munition (SOPGM) that can be integrated into a Common Launch Tube. One competitive advantage it has over Raytheon’s Griffin is its all-azimuth launch capability. It’s 36-lb. blast-fragmentation warhead is also more lethal than Northrop Grumman’s Viper Strike munition.

  1. Gabriel Gradney says:

    Why would DOD fund that type of weapon on a C-130 Gun Ship, you have a 105 mm howitzer?

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