Raytheon’s StormBreaker has completed all operational test drops, moving it closer to initial operational capability.
The firm say that the StormBreaker tri-mode seeker uses imaging infrared and millimeter wave radar in its normal mode to give pilots the ability to destroy moving targets, even in adverse weather, from standoff ranges.
Additionally, the weapon can use its semi-active laser guidance to hit targets.
“All operating modes of StormBreaker have been rigorously tested in operationally relevant scenarios against real-world targets in environments that are similar to actual battlefield conditions,” said Kim Ernzen, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems vice president.
“With its tri-mode seeker and datalink, this smart weapon will close a capability gap and make adverse weather irrelevant.”
Operational testing is complete, and early stages of StormBreaker integration work are underway.
The company describe the system as follows on their website:
“The weapon can fly more than 45 miles to strike mobile targets, reducing the amount of time that aircrews’ spend in harm’s way. Its small size enables the use of fewer aircraft to take out the same number of targets as previous, larger weapons that required multiple jets. The StormBreaker’s size has broader implications for the warfighter and taxpayers, as it means fewer attacks with less time spent flying dangerous missions.”
The US Air Force and US Navy have begun StormBreaker smart weapon integration activities on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft.
Raytheon completed development and integration on the F-15E Strike Eagle in April 2018.