Raytheon says that a U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet has successfully conducted a guided release of a GBU-53/B StormBreaker glide bomb for the first time. The test comes as deliveries of these bombs to the Navy, as well as the U.S. Air Force, have been halted for months over a number of issues, including the premature failure of clips that help prevent its folding tail fins from springing open and inadvertently, potentially damaging the aircraft carrying them.
H/T: The Drive
"StormBreaker is the only weapon that enables pilots to hit moving targets during bad weather or if dust and smoke are in the area," said Cristy Stagg, Ratheon StormBreaker program director, said in a statement. "Super Hornet pilots will be able to use poor visibility to their advantage when StormBreaker integration is complete."
The StormBreaker smart weapon will give fighter pilots the ability to strike moving targets in adverse weather conditions from standoff ranges. The F-15E Strike Eagle will be the first aircraft to receive the revolutionary weapon.
The U.S. Navy recently tested, for the first time on an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft, the GBU-53/B StormBreaker glide bomb that will give operators an upper hand in combat by hitting moving targets in some of the worst weather conditions.https://t.co/2kG4vkj1Lu— Taiwan Formosa Club 🌐 (@taiwanformosan) June 16, 2020