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F-35 axes Northrop sensor; SOCOM ups glide-bomb order; Microsoft pitches AI; and more. | Defense One

F-35 axes Northrop sensor; SOCOM ups glide-bomb order; Microsoft pitches AI; and more. | Defense One

Back in August 2016, we got a sneak peak at the Small Glide Munition, a new bomb being developed for U.S. Special Operations Command by Huntsville, Alabama-based Dynetics. Today, the customer seems happy. “The rapid fielding of the [Small Glide Munition] has transformed the operational capability profiles of deployed USSOCOM assets by tripling munitions lethality effects over existing USSOCOM munitions,” Dynetics said in a statement. Late last week, SOCOM handed the company a $470 million contract to “increase production levels” of the bomb. “As a result of early operation success as well as a recent directive by the Secretary of Defense to maximize munition production, USSOCOM has awarded this supplemental contract to meet this objective which will provide for the production of up to 1,000 [Small Glide Munitions] per year as well as support for testing, training, fielding and employment,” the company announced.

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