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StormBreaker Fights On F-15E in Poor Weather

Oct. 30, 2020
Smart weapon provides ability to strike moving targets on land or sea in adverse weather conditions.

The StormBreaker smart weapon developed by Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technology business, has been approved for use on the F-15E fighter aircraft (see figure) by the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command. This enables F-15E squadrons to be equipped with StormBreaker weapons systems and deployed for missions. 

“StormBreaker delivers an unprecedented capability to pilots in the field,” said Paul Ferraro, vice-president of Raytheon Missiles & Defense’s Air Power business. “The weapon gives airmen a significant advantage—the ability to strike maritime or land-based maneuvering targets at range in adverse weather.” StormBreaker integrates a multimode seeker that guides a weapon by imaging infrared (IR), millimeter-wave radar, and semi-active laser in addition to or with Global Positioning System (GPS) and inertial navigation system guidance.

“The weapon has proven itself in many complex test scenarios, against a variety of targets in extreme environmental conditions, and is now ready to fly,” said Cristy Stagg, StormBreaker program director at Raytheon Missiles & Defense. “With its multimode seeker and datalink, StormBreaker will make adverse weather irrelevant.” The small size of StormBreaker enables a smaller number of aircraft to address a larger number of targets than before, covering greater distances when necessary when making a strike. Fielding on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet for the U.S. Navy and integration on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter are next for the StormBreaker smart weapon system.  

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Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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