Raytheon say they have completed the first guided release of a StormBreaker smart weapon from an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.
The aircraft will become the second fighter jet to add the weapon when the project reaches initial operational capability later this year, say the firm.
During the U.S. Navy flight test, Raytheon say that the StormBreaker safely separated from the jet and successfully received guidance data from the plane, enabling it to be directed to its target while in flight.
“StormBreaker features a revolutionary tri-mode seeker that uses imaging infrared and millimeter wave radar in its normal mode. The weapon can also deploy its semi-active laser or GPS guidance to hit targets. The F-15E Eagle is the first platform to add StormBreaker; it’s also being integrated on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.”
To learn more about StormBreaker, visit Raytheon here.