Raytheon StormBreaker smart weapon completes operational testing

New weapon hits moving targets in adverse weather

Defence Industry, Paris Air Show 2019
Raytheon’s StormBreaker™ smart weapon has completed operational testing, and will enable fighter pilots to hit maneuvering targets in adverse weather. (Photo: U.S. Air Force)

PARIS. Raytheon Company’s StormBreakerTM weapon has completed all operational test drops, moving it closer to initial operational capability. 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.