GBU-53/B StormBreaker is an air-launched, precision strike weapon that will give the warfighter the ability to defeat moving and stationary targets in adverse weather conditions.
A joint United States Air Force and Navy program designed with reliability and affordability in mind, StormBreaker provides increased weapons load-out for 4th and 5th generation fighter aircraft, bombers and RPAs.
It allows multiple target attacks from beyond 40 nautical miles standoff, to close-in, immediate attack ranges. Net-enabled and incorporating the latest smart weapon logic, GBU-53/B accepts in-flight re-targeting, target updates and provides weapon status feedback to authorized parties on the network.
The GBU-53/B is equipped with a tri-mode seeker that features a millimeter wave (MMW) radar to detect and track targets through weather, imaging infrared (IIR) for enhanced target discrimination and classification, and semi-active laser (SAL) for the maximum in operational flexibility.
Built with growth in mind, GBU-53/B’s electronics have powerful signal processing capable of dealing with a wide variety of engagement scenarios and countermeasures.
|Type:||Air-launched, precision-guided bomb|
|Country of origin:||United States|
|Produced:||2014 – present|
|In service:||2020 – present|
|Users:||United States Air Force, United States Navy|
|Length:||69 in (176 cm)|
|Wingspan:||68 in (168 cm)|
|Diameter:||6-7 in (15-18 cm)|
|Warhead weight:||48 kg|
|Operational range:||45 miles (72 km) + against moving targets|
|Guidance:||Millimetre wave radar; semi-active laser; GPS/INS; infrared homing|
|Launch platform:||Fixed-wing aircraft|