GBU-53 / B StormBreaker | The F-15E is the first aircraft to carry the revolutionary ammunition – VIDEO
Defence Redefined
Published on 11/07/2020 at 19:15

Raytheon has recently released a video depicting the test of the revolutionary StormBreaker® smart weapon from the F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet.

The GBU-53/B StormBreaker® uses GPS/INS to guide itself into the general vicinity of a moving target during the initial search phase, with course correction updates provided using Link 16 data link. 

The weapon’s seeker has three modes of target acquisition: 

  • Millimeter wave radar in order to detect and track targets in any weather conditions.
  • Imaging infrared for enhanced target discrimination. 
  • Semi-active laser in order to track an airborne laser designator or one on the ground.

The tri-mode seeker shares targeting information among all three modes, enabling StormBreaker to engage fixed or moving targets at any time of the day and in all weather conditions at a distance of about 72 km.

An important feature of the new smart weapon is its small size since a total of 28 StormBreaker munitions can be transported from the F-15E Strike Eagle using seven BRU-61 / A suspension units (4 weapons per carrier).

Raytheon Missiles & Defense has signed an agreement to integrate the ammunition into the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the F-35’s of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.

Also read: The US Department of Defence wants full DEAD / SEAD capabilities in F35A





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