Military Embedded Systems

StormBreaker smart weapon approved to equip F-15 Eagle


October 14, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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TUCSON, Ariz. Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies business, has announced the StormBreaker smart weapon has been approved for use on the F-15E by the U.S. Air Force's Air Combat Command. The fielding decision means that F-15E squadrons can now be equipped with StormBreaker and deployed for missions, according to Raytheon.

According to the company, StormBreaker is engineered with a multimode seeker that is intended to guide the weapon by imaging infrared, millimeter wave radar, and semi-active laser in addition to or with GPS and inertial navigation system guidance.

StormBreaker's is designed to be small with the intent to let fewer aircraft address the same number of targets compared to larger weapons that may require multiple jets. It is also designed to fly more than 40 miles to strike mobile targets, aiming to reduce the amount of time that aircrews spend in combat.

Raytheon claims that the smart weapon's initial fielding on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet for the U.S. Navy is scheduled for later this year and integration for fielding on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter are next for the program.

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