In a significant development poised to alter the dynamics of the conflict in Ukraine, the impending arrival of Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bombs (GLSDBs) promises to augment the country’s military capabilities.

The anticipated deployment of these precision-guided munitions marks a pivotal moment in the ongoing conflict, providing Ukraine with an enhanced striking range and potential strategic advantage against adversaries, particularly Russia.

GLSDB: Development and Specifications

GLSDBs represent a collaborative effort between Boeing, a prominent American aerospace manufacturer, and Swedish arms manufacturer SAAB.

The bombs are engineered to be launched from the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), boasting a striking range of up to 160 kilometers (nearly 100 miles). This substantial range far surpasses the current weaponry available to Ukraine, offering an unprecedented capability to target distant locations.

In 2011, Boeing launched the GLSDB project, aiming to enable bomb launches from ground launchers, a concept conceived within the scope of the GBU-39 project, and opting for the M26 rocket engine used by the 142 HIMARS and 270 launch platforms for the bomb’s propulsion.

These GPS-guided munitions possess versatility, functioning effectively across diverse weather conditions, 24/7 operational capability, and demonstrate resilience against certain electronic jamming attempts.