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StormBreaker is ready for action
F-15E Strike Eagle multirole fighters are set to carry the compact GBU-53/B StormBreaker precision-guided glide bomb, after the weapon was approved for use by the USAF Air Combat Command.
Paul Ferraro, VP of the Air Power business in Raytheon Missiles & Defense, claimed in a 13 October statement that StormBreaker ‘delivers an unprecedented capability’ with its ability to strike maritime or land-based mobile targets at about 65km range in poor weather conditions.
StormBreaker includes a tri-mode seeker that uses imaging IR and millimetre-wave radar in its normal mode. The weapon can also deploy a semi-active laser with GPS and INS guidance to hit targets.
‘With its multimode seeker and datalink, StormBreaker will make adverse weather irrelevant,’ said Cristy Stagg, programme director at Raytheon.
The weapon will next 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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