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Raytheon receives StormBreaker Lot 6 production contract

16th October 2020 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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FMS customers will be among the recipients

The USAF Life Cycle Management Center has awarded Raytheon Missiles and Defense a $239.11 million contract modification for production of GBU-53/B StormBreaker Lot 6 precision-guided glide bombs.  

FMS customers will account for 6.3% of the contract value, although Shephard Defence Insight notes that there are no confirmed exports yet of StormBreaker.

Work on the contract, announced by the DoD on 15 October, is expected to be completed in Tuscon, Arizona, by 28 November 2023.

Raytheon announced on 13 October that USAF Air Combat Command has approved the use of StormBreaker on F-15E Strike Eagles. The weapon will be fielded on USN F/A-18E/F Super Hornets following guided release tests earlier in 2020, and it will also be installed on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

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