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Raytheon unveils StormBreaker's latest GBU-53 smart bomb for the F-35

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Raytheon Corporation is one of the leading manufacturers of smart munitions. Among the company's innovations are lightweight air-to-air missiles, which can double the arsenal of modern fighters and a new guided bomb, which should replace the GBU-39.


Raytheon unveils StormBreaker's latest GBU-53 smart bomb for the F-35


Precision controlled aviation The GBU-39 SDB bomb entered service with the US Army relatively recently - in 2005. It was created to increase the number of targets hit per hit.

In the near future, it will be replaced by a three-mode “smart” bomb of the new generation StormBreaker. While the GBU-39 ammunition used Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites, the StormBreaker Small Diameter Bomb II GBU-53 will use GPS plus a millimeter-wave radar and a semi-active laser as a search system. GBU-53 is expected to be used on the F-35.

The introduction of GBU-53 means that enemies can no longer hide behind adverse weather conditions, smoke screen or dust. The three-mode StormBreaker guidance system is one of a kind technology and gives pilots the opportunity to destroy moving targets from a space outside the affected area of ​​air defense systems.

- quotes the portal Breaking Defense words Kim Ernzen, vice president of Raytheon.

Twice less weight, twice as large load


Another new product of the company is a medium-range Peregrine air-to-air missile. It has half the weight compared to AMRAAM and AIM-9X Sidewinder with other comparable parameters: in particular, lethal force.

Kim Ernzen notes that the market is dominated by both the trend towards a decrease in the weight of ammunition and the development of dual-use systems. First of all, we are talking about finalizing existing systems.

A great example for this is the Naval Strike Missile (NSM). Ships of the coastal zone are usually armed with this anti-ship missile. Recently, however, a number of customers (including the US Marine Corps) have developed an interest in the coastal version. The same trends exist for a number of other company products.

In particular, Raytheon launched the AIM-9X Sidewinder guided air-to-air missile from a ground platform. Tests passed this summer, they were recognized as successful. It is believed that these missiles can be used for air defense systems.
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  1. Prahlad
    Prahlad 27 September 2019 14: 07
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    A dangerous thing against our air defense. I don’t even know if they can shoot down such things ...
    I have big doubts about this!
    1. Sky strike fighter
      Sky strike fighter 27 September 2019 14: 14
      +1
      We are also developing similar projects. Here are the characteristics of the StormBreaker Small Diameter Bomb II GBU-53.
      SDB II is a 100 kg class guided bomb (ammunition mass is 113 kg). The bomb is capable of hitting static targets at a distance of 110 km and destroying moving equipment at a distance of up to 70 km from the point of discharge. The military department plans that the SDB II will partially replace guided missiles, the cost of which is much higher with similar capabilities.

      https://warspot.ru/10323-sdb-ii-bomba-s-vozmozhnostyami-rakety
      1. Thrall
        Thrall 27 September 2019 14: 17
        0
        With interest in VO read about GBU-53:
        https://topwar.ru/140390-upravlyaemaya-bomba-gbu-53-b-sdb-ii-esche-legche-i-esche-tochnee.html
    2. KVU-NSVD
      KVU-NSVD 27 September 2019 14: 15
      +3
      Quote: Prahlad
      I have the greatest doubts about this!

      And what exactly are the doubts if you are not aware of the true capabilities of this planning bomb, or what a sin to conceal, for example, of our Carapace? So don’t panic! Americans are strong in advertising, we are debunking it winked
      1. regulus
        regulus 27 September 2019 14: 29
        +2
        Quote: KVU-NSVD
        Americans are strong in advertising, we are debunking it

        And what exactly did you debunk?
        1. KVU-NSVD
          KVU-NSVD 27 September 2019 14: 39
          +2
          Quote: regulus
          And what exactly did you debunk

          Specifically, I debunked a lot of things in my life, but this is not a question for local discussion. laughing And my only comment is that many of the heavily advertised and promoted by the Americans as "invulnerable" means and weapons for testing turned out and are not so "terrible". Tanks, missiles, air defense, aircraft, electronic warfare, communications, and so on and so forth, and so on .. There are a lot of examples and you know them from the most sensational examples, and I also know from those known in narrow circles. The first examples are lazy, but the second I will not, although I want to hi
          1. regulus
            regulus 27 September 2019 14: 41
            -4
            Give specific examples, otherwise it's just a chatter.
            1. KVU-NSVD
              KVU-NSVD 27 September 2019 14: 45
              +3
              Quote: regulus
              Give specific examples, otherwise it's just a chatter.

              Well and goodies laughing laughing It's silly to chat too much, and chatting too much for screen pixels is double stupid laughing
              1. regulus
                regulus 27 September 2019 14: 48
                -2
                Q.E.D. There are no facts.
                1. Igor Aviator
                  Igor Aviator 27 September 2019 15: 31
                  +3
                  Quote: regulus
                  No facts

                  Yes of course! the most "invisible" - "aerodynamic misunderstanding" - F-117 and "invisible penguin" F-35, "impenetrable" Patriot, "thunderstorms of the seas" Zumvolt, "invincible and nimble" Abrams, "unparalleled" Railgun enough? This is just offhand! or still remember? these Yankees are swaggering schnicks - they are only enough for throwing dust in the eyes and meaningfully puffing up their cheeks, but in fact - ordinary gopniks!
                  1. SovAr238A
                    SovAr238A 27 September 2019 18: 39
                    -6
                    Quote: Igor Aviator
                    Quote: regulus
                    No facts

                    Yes of course! the most "invisible" - "aerodynamic misunderstanding" - F-117 and "invisible penguin" F-35, "impenetrable" Patriot, "thunderstorms of the seas" Zumvolt, "invincible and nimble" Abrams, "unparalleled" Railgun enough? This is just offhand! or still remember? these Yankees are swaggering schnicks - they are only enough for throwing dust in the eyes and meaningfully puffing up their cheeks, but in fact - ordinary gopniks!

                    And Zircon, Dagger, Poseidon, C300, C400 and many others that have not fought anywhere and have zero value as an assessment of combat characteristics - not bloating cheeks?
                    Tell me the war over the past 50 years, wherever our weapons in the class beat the same American ... ???
                    1. Constructor68
                      Constructor68 27 September 2019 20: 30
                      +3
                      Tell me the war over the past 50 years, wherever our weapons in the class beat the same American ... ???

                      Cold shower on an idolater of American weapons - Vietnam war. 45 years have passed)
                      And Zircon, Dagger, Poseidon, C300, C400 and many others that have not fought anywhere and have zero value as an assessment of combat characteristics

                      Only for American patriots living in the post-Soviet space. And those who care about American values ​​are stronger than US citizens themselves.
                  2. regulus
                    regulus 27 September 2019 23: 00
                    -1
                    Enough of ideological vinaigrette. Facts on the table
          2. tihonmarine
            tihonmarine 27 September 2019 16: 34
            -1
            Quote: KVU-NSVD
            And my only comment is that many of the heavily advertised and promoted by the Americans as "invulnerable" means and weapons for verification turned out to be and are not so "terrible"

            I agree. To promote a brand, buy guys, intimidate the weak, force the strong to increase R&D expenses and show what finals we are cool and smart, only we can, we run ahead of the horse. Well, let them show, let them prove, and we will look.
    3. Lexus
      Lexus 27 September 2019 14: 26
      +1
      Twice less weight, twice as large load

      The prototype of the "flock of drones" while with bombs. Stealth carriers + EW + MALD - and in the confrontation between the Air Force and Air Defense, everything is not so simple.
      Tri-mode guidance system

      A weighty "plus" in the "piggy bank" of noise immunity.
    4. FenH
      FenH 27 September 2019 14: 50
      0
      Quote: Prahlad
      A dangerous thing against our air defense. I don’t even know if they can shoot down such things ...
      I have big doubts about this!

      This is so that you do not doubt:
      https://vz.ru/news/2019/9/27/1000063.html
    5. Alex Nevs
      Alex Nevs 27 September 2019 15: 34
      -2
      Oh really? Can Patriots buy it? laughing
  2. Operator
    Operator 27 September 2019 14: 27
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    GOS GBU-53 in addition to a solid-state gyroscope, GPS receiver and a radio command guidance transceiver contains a thermal imager capable of including receiving reflected infrared laser radiation.

    For GBU-53 radar homing, the thermal imaging seeker is replaced by a millimeter-wave ARGS.
    1. Sky strike fighter
      Sky strike fighter 27 September 2019 14: 31
      +1
      And how much will one SDB 2 with ARGS cost?
      1. Operator
        Operator 27 September 2019 14: 42
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        English-speaking Pedovikia reports about 227 thousand bucks.
        1. Sky strike fighter
          Sky strike fighter 27 September 2019 14: 48
          +3
          Wow !!! I recognize the robbers from the American military-industrial complex who cut without a knife.
        2. Igor Aviator
          Igor Aviator 27 September 2019 15: 41
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          Quote: Operator
          English-speaking Pedovikia reports about 227 thousand bucks.

          I remember that Zemovodnoye recently cut off oxygen to the purchase of new ammunition for the Zamvolt destroyers - guided LRLAP projectiles. Something tells me that it will be the same now.
      2. ROSS_51
        ROSS_51 27 September 2019 15: 57
        0
        Who cares?
        From the time of the bow with arrows, high technology has been the rule, and they have never been cheap.
        Of course, if not in an unlimited amount of cheap cannon fodder.
        1. missuris
          missuris 27 September 2019 20: 01
          0
          after all, if you slip civilian electronics the price drops once every 10, it's just a bomb with wings, and not a hypersonic missile.

          the Israelis on their spikes have already begun to experiment
  3. rocket757
    rocket757 27 September 2019 14: 33
    +2
    Everything is going as planned! War is getting smarter and more expensive.
    However, you can’t ignore all this!
    1. x.andvlad
      x.andvlad 27 September 2019 16: 02
      +2
      Quote: rocket757
      War is getting smarter and more expensive.

      That's for sure. But they have a printing press ...
      Kim Ernzen notes that the market is dominated by both trends in the reduction of ammunition weight and the development of dual-use systems
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 27 September 2019 19: 03
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        Quote: x.andvlad
        But they have a printing press ...

        This is the paradox .... not always the richest wins! That never wins.
  4. Shuttle
    Shuttle 27 September 2019 15: 00
    +9
    Another new product of the company is a medium-range Peregrine air-to-air missile. It has half the weight compared to AMRAAM and AIM-9X Sidewinder with other comparable parameters: in particular, lethal force.

    What kind of fierce aspic in the head of the authors?
    AMRAAM and Sidewinder are not comparable samples.
    The first flies at maximum speed in 4M and at a distance of 180 km to the target at the time of launch.
    The second flies at maximum speed in 2M and at a distance of 18 km. Those. 10 times less.
    It's like comparing an SVD with an aiming range of 1300 m and a Walter P-99 (pistol). Well, just such, damn it, comparable firearms that my gods! This is what I understand the level of expertise in VO! This is not the magazine "Murzilka", not "Yuri vVdud". This is the "Military Review", Karl! Military review!

    And the destructive power of an air-to-air missile is generally nonsense. Editors, where are you? Hey!
    1. Sky strike fighter
      Sky strike fighter 27 September 2019 15: 26
      0
      AMRAAM and Sidewinder are not comparable samples.
      The first flies at maximum speed in 4M and at a distance of 180 km to the target at the time of launch.
      The second flies at a maximum speed of 2M and at a distance of 18 km.

      On 180 km, only the latest AIM-120D modification flies, and the more common AIM-120C on 120 km. The second (Sidewinder) at a speed of about 4 M at 40-50 km. So the difference is somewhere in 3 times in range.
      1. Shuttle
        Shuttle 27 September 2019 16: 17
        +3
        Quote: Sky Strike fighter
        On 180 km, only the latest AIM-120D modification flies, and the more common AIM-120C on 120 km. The second (Sidewinder) at a speed of about 4 M at 40-50 km. So the difference is somewhere in 3 times in range.

        OK. Compare the old AMRAAM with the latest Sidewinder? No matter how you twist, these are missiles of different classes in range.
  5. ROSS_51
    ROSS_51 27 September 2019 16: 06
    +1
    Quote: Shuttle
    Another new product of the company is a medium-range Peregrine air-to-air missile. It has half the weight compared to AMRAAM and AIM-9X Sidewinder with other comparable parameters: in particular, lethal force.

    damn it, my gods!

    And you know a lot about swearing.))
    No, but what? In Germany, the Minister of Defense is a gynecologist, and then nothing ..)
    1. Shuttle
      Shuttle 27 September 2019 16: 14
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      Quote: ROSS_51

      And you know a lot about swearing.))

      I did my best. Did you like it? lol

      Quote: ROSS_51

      No, but what? In Germany, the Minister of Defense is a gynecologist, and then nothing ..)

      Now I really do not understand ... what
      1. ROSS_51
        ROSS_51 27 September 2019 16: 36
        +1
        I'm talking about incompetence, as about a trend in general ..
        1. Shuttle
          Shuttle 27 September 2019 16: 53
          0
          Quote: ROSS_51
          I'm talking about incompetence, as about a trend in general ..

          Nnndaa .... Exactly. Trend.
  6. Phoenix
    Phoenix 27 September 2019 16: 22
    0
    Semi-active laser is how? Will it go out then go out? Read what you write?
    1. Thunderbolt
      Thunderbolt 27 September 2019 19: 25
      0
      LASP --- laser semi-active guidance system.
  7. Klingon
    Klingon 27 September 2019 20: 11
    0
    Quote: Operator
    GOS GBU-53 in addition to a solid-state gyroscope, GPS receiver and a radio command guidance transceiver contains a thermal imager capable of including receiving reflected infrared laser radiation.

    For GBU-53 radar homing, the thermal imaging seeker is replaced by a millimeter-wave ARGS.

    However, expensive ammunition is obtained when you consider that it is all the same consumables. xs maybe it’s easier to dump a cluster bomb so that it only flies into the target area and does not soar? and submunitions are already completing the case