Boeing Proposal to Supply Rockets to Ukraine Being Considered

Boeing Proposal to Supply Rockets to Ukraine Being Considered


Reuters just published an exclusive report which details a Boeing proposal to provide Ukraine with an inexpensive new weapon system they call Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB). According to the report, this proposal is being considered by the Pentagon as a way to supply Ukraine with the needed military aid without further sapping U.S. inventories.

GLSDB repurposes and combines the GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb and M26 rocket motor. The main selling point is the cheap price tag of using these two components to make a GLSDB. In terms of U.S. military inventory, the M26 rocket motor is a fairly common item and the GBU-39 is around $40,000 a pop.

GLSDB has a 150km range that would open the door for Ukrainian strikes on Russian targets which are currently out of reach. It also has a GPS guidance system and can be used without regard for conditions of weather.

Another key selling point is that the U.S. wants to keep its own military stockpile to a level they deem adequate to deter and counter any conflict with China.

Boeing claims GLSDB could be in Ukrainian military use by early spring 2023.

I found this delivery date telling as it shows how long those “in the know” expect the conflict to last.