Military Embedded Systems

StormBreaker smart weapon completes first guided release in Navy flight test

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June 15, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Photo courtesy of Raytheon.

TUCSON, Ariz. Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies business, completed the first guided release of a StormBreaker smart weapon from an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, which will become the second fighter jet to add the weapon when the program reaches initial operational capability later this year.

According to officials, the StormBreaker weapon is designed to enable pilots to hit moving targets in contested environments. During the U.S. Navy flight test, StormBreaker separated from the jet and received guidance data from the plane, enabling it to be directed to its target while in flight.

The company claims that StormBreaker features a tri-mode seeker that uses infrared imaging and millimeter wave radar in its normal mode. The weapon is also designed to 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, according to Raytheon.

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