Oct. 13 (UPI) — U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command has approved Raytheon’s StormBreaker smart weapon for use on the F-15E, Raytheon announced Tuesday.
“StormBreaker delivers an unprecedented capability to pilots in the field,” said Paul Ferraro, vice president of Raytheon’s Air Power business, in a press release. “The weapon gives airmen a significant advantage – the ability to strike maritime or land-based maneuvering targets at range in adverse weather.”
The StormBreaker, which entered operational testing in 2018, is a small diameter bomb that features a multimode seeker to guide the weapon with infrared, millimeter-wave radar and semi-active lasers in addition to or with GPS and inertial system guide.
The Air Force’s fielding decision means F-15E squadrons can now be equipped with the weapon. The Navy and Marines intend to use it on their versions of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
The StormBreaker’s small size means fewer aircraft can address