Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles
Appendix 5: Guided Bombs
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Dynetics GBU-69/B SGM

Around 2015, Dynetics began the development of its Small Glide Munition (SGM), in collaboration with the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). In 2016, the designation GBU-69/B was allocated. The SGM became operational in 2017, and in 2018 SOCOM placed a production order for 1000 GBU-69/B units.

Photo: Dynetics

The GBU-69/B is a tube-launched precision-guided glide bomb with a GPS navigation system and a semi-active laser seeker for terminal homing on moving targets. Aerodynamic surfaces are a single piece wing, which rotates into flight position after launch, and three "lattice" type flip-out tail fins. The weapon has a two-way datalink for inflight targeting updates. A notable feature of SGM is the comparatively large blast-fragmentation warhead, which contributes more than half of the weapon's total weight of 27 kg (60 lb). The GBU-69/B has so far been integrated with SOCOM's AC-130J aircraft, and integration tests with unmanned platforms like the MQ-1C Gray Eagle and MQ-9A Reaper are ongoing.


Note: Data given by several sources show slight variations. Figures given below may therefore be inaccurate!

Data for GBU-69/B:

Length1.07 m (3.5 ft)
Diameter11.4 cm (4.5 in)
Wingspan71 cm (28 in)
Weight27 kg (60 lb)
Range> 37 km (20 nm)
Warhead16 kg (36 lb) blast-fragmentation

Main Sources

[1] Air&Space Forces: GBU-69 Small Glide Munition
[2] Leidos: Dynetics Successfully Tests GBU-69 Small Glide Munition with Datalink
[3] DefenseNews, Jen Judson: Dynetics Looks to Fit Niche With Small Glide Munition
[4] Janes, Robin Hughes: US ARSOAC/USSOCOM trials GBU-69/B with Gray Eagle UAS

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Last Updated: 4 February 2024