StormBreaker Smart Weapon

Artist rendition of a stormbreaker missile flying through the sky.

All-weather solution

The StormBreaker® smart weapon gives operators an upper hand in combat by hitting moving targets in some of the worst weather conditions. The winged munition autonomously detects and classifies moving targets in poor visibility situations caused by darkness, bad weather, smoke or dust kicked up by helicopters.

Poor weather and battlefield obscurants continue to endanger warfighters as adversaries rely on these conditions to escape attacks. This has established the requirement for an all-weather solution that enhances warfighters' capabilities when visibility is limited.

The F-15E Strike Eagle will be the first aircraft to receive the StormBreaker smart weapon.

Powerful, integrated seeker

The weapon’s seeker works in three modes to provide maximum operational flexibility:

  • Millimeter wave radar detects and tracks targets through weather.
  • Imaging infrared provides enhanced target discrimination. 
  • Semi-active laser enables the weapon to track an airborne laser designator or one on the ground. 

The tri-mode seeker shares targeting information among all three modes, enabling StormBreaker to engage fixed or moving targets at any time of day and in all weather conditions. 

Fewer, more effective aircraft

StormBreaker's small size enables the use of fewer aircraft to take out the same number of targets as larger weapons that require multiple jets. The weapon can also fly more than 45 miles to strike mobile targets, reducing the amount of time that aircrews spend in harm's way. 

The U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy have begun StormBreaker smart weapon integration activities on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft. Raytheon Missiles & Defense completed development and integration on the F-15E Strike Eagle in April 2018.

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