The US Air Force has awarded Raytheon a US$345 million (AU$513.6 million) contract to provide more than 1,500 StormBreaker air-to-surface smart munitions.
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As part of the contract, Raytheon will produce and deliver 1,500 StormBreaker air-to-surface, network-enabled weapon currently fielded on the F-15E Strike Eagle and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet with testing underway on all variants of the F-35.
Paul Ferraro, president of Air Power at Raytheon, said, “Fielded on two platforms with testing underway for others, StormBreaker has solidified its place as the leading network-enabled weapon across the Department of Defense.”
Raytheon’s StormBreaker provides operators with the capacity to hit moving targets in a range of the worst weather conditions, providing an effective all-weather strike capability.
“With this contract, we’ll continue to evolve StormBreaker’s production to meet the needs of servicemembers for years to come,” Ferraro added.
StormBreaker is the US Air Force’s leading air-to-surface, network-enabled weapon that can engage moving targets in all weather conditions using its multi-effects warhead and tri-mode seeker.
The 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 70 kilometres to strike mobile targets, reducing the amount of time that aircrews spend in harm’s way.