US tests new smart bomb that will change ‘the rules of the game’

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The U. S. has tested the new smart bomb, GBU-53 StormBreaker, using one of their modern warplanes.

The U.S. Navy’s FA-18E/F Super Hornet fighter and attack aircraft launched the GBU-53 StormBreaker all-weather bomb on a designated target. The new bomb can be used in all weather conditions, including poor visibility, Janes Defense reported last week.

According to the reports, tests began in June in the United States. Tests GBU-53/B StormBreaker will be completed by the end of 2020. The weapons will first be received by the F/A-18E /F Super Hornet and F-15E Eagle fighters, and then the F-35 Lightning II. In particular, the latter will be able to carry up to 24 units of the GBU-53/B StormBreaker.

GBU-53 / B StormBreaker was based on the development of the 1980s, when Soviet tank formations were planned to be destroyed by “rain” of smart anti-tank shells fired by a carrier aircraft without entering the enemy’s air defense zone.

An RMD spokesperson told Janes that the U.S. Air Force determines the number of tests needed to validate the bomb, but did not specify when it would be available.

“The USAF (US Air Force) program office, in co-ordination with the USN, determine the appropriate number of tests to validate different parameters. These will be a combination of development and operational test shots of which several will be live firings.”

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the missile will change “the rules of the game.” When aiming at a target, the bomb uses a semi-active laser and GPS. The StormBreaker has a range of more than 45 miles (72 km).

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