Raytheon Awarded $239 Million for GBU-53/B StormBreaker Production Lot 6

Raytheon Missiles and Defense has been awarded a $239 million contract modification for production Lot 6 of GBU-53/B StormBreaker precision-guided glide bomb.

The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8672-20-C-0005)(PZ0001). The current action relates to classified Foreign Military Sales (FMS), and 6.3% of contract value supports FMS.

Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed Nov. 28, 2023.

GBU-53/B StormBreaker, formerly called the Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II), features an innovative multimode seeker that guides the weapon by imaging infrared (IR), millimeter wave (mmW) radar, and semi-active laser in addition to or with GPS and inertial navigation system (INS) guidance.

This powerful, integrated seeker seamlessly shares targeting information among all three modes, enabling the weapon to engage fixed or moving targets at any time of day and in all-weather conditions. The StormBreaker bomb’s tri-mode seeker can also peer through battlefield dust and debris, giving the warfighter a capability that’s unaffected by conditions on the ground or in the air.

The weapon can fly more than 40 miles to strike mobile targets, reducing the amount of time that aircrews’ spend in harm’s way. Its small size enables the use of fewer aircraft to take out the same number of targets as previous, larger weapons that required multiple jets.

StormBreaker was recently approved for use on the F-15E Strike Eagle fighter aircraft by the U.S. Air Force (USAF)’s Air Combat Command (ACC). The smart weapon’s initial fielding on the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets later this year and integration for fielding on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter are next for the program.

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