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Unread post01 Jul 2017, 03:06

count_to_10 wrote:Am I seeing that right, or is there some kind of optical illusion tricking my eyes?

I think they'd be happy to know they confused you:

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Unread post01 Jul 2017, 16:38

Dragon029 wrote:
count_to_10 wrote:Am I seeing that right, or is there some kind of optical illusion tricking my eyes?

I think they'd be happy to know they confused you:

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Well, no wonder. Besides the mixture of 2D and 3D objects there, it looks like one of the bay doors is just flat out missing.
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Unread post01 Jul 2017, 18:48

count_to_10 wrote:Well, no wonder. Besides the mixture of 2D and 3D objects there, it looks like one of the bay doors is just flat out missing.

Yep. Outer bay door is omitted, while the flipper door is rendered in 2D.
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https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/ ... e/1369657/

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Release No: CR-218-17
Nov. 9, 2017

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $34,622,661 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for weapons capabilities technology maturation and risk reduction pre-engineering, manufacturing and development activities for dual-capability F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft and small-diameter bomb 2 (SDB-II) in support of the Marine Corps and Air Force.

Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in July 2018.

Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation ( Marine Corps and Air Force) funds in the amount of $6,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-18-C-1004).
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Unread post16 Jul 2018, 03:41

FARNBOROUGH: Raytheon awaits F-35 decisions for StormBreaker integration
15 Jul 2018 Stephen Trimble

"Raytheon comes to Farnborough hunting for new export orders for the StormBreaker bomb, but the timing of deliveries will depend on pending decisions by the US government on weapons integration upgrades for the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter. The F-35 programme is still reshuffling a package of upgrades planned for the continuous capability, development and demonstration (C2D2) phase, which was formerly known as Block 4 follow-on modernisation.

Integrating the StormBreaker — GBU-53/B small diameter bomb II — is still included in the C2D2 integration, but the “dust hasn’t settled yet on exactly” when, Raytheon officials say.

In the queue are several F-35 operators planning to integrate the StormBreaker before clearing the aircraft for operational service. Last year, for example, the State Department approved a potential StormBreaker sale to Australia. Meanwhile, the USN has resequenced the timing of StormBreaker integration, moving the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet ahead of the F-35C, Raytheon says....

...The 93kg (204lb) weapon is designed with the unique ability to hit a moving target in any weather. In clear weather, the StormBreaker can use an infrared camera or semi-active laser to continuing tracking a moving target. If the path to the target is obscured by weather, smoke or dust, the weapon can switch to a millimetre wave radar. All three sensors share a common radome, one of the most advanced components on the weapon...."

Source: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... or-450206/
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Unread post16 Jul 2018, 05:40

What's next ? Thanos ? :twisted:
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Unread post17 Jul 2018, 15:21

:devil: NO Née. Not often does one see Née in an aviation story let alone da weapons one. For Fsake - ROFL. :doh:
Raytheon's StormBreaker Bomb Being Integrated into F/A-18
17 Jul 2018 Peter Dunai

"Raytheon's StormBreaker bomb, the U.S. Air Force’s newest weapon, has entered the operational testing phase (OTP). Raytheon, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and U.S. Navy have begun StormBreaker bomb integration activities on the F-35, F/A-18E/F, and F-15E, the company announced Monday....

...Née Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II), StormBreaker, with its tri-mode seeker, is getting a step closer to providing USAF pilots a capability to strike maneuvering targets. Cristy Stagg, program director, told AIN that, because of one of its competitors, it recently changed the name of the weapon to StormBreaker….

...threshold platform, from international viewpoint the key could be the F-35A aircraft, he added."

Source: https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news ... rated-f-18
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Unread post18 Jul 2018, 22:13

US Fighters May Carry StormBreaker Foul-Weather Bomb by Next Year
18 Jul 2018 Oriana Pawlyk

"FARNBOROUGH, England -- Testing for Raytheon’s Stormbreaker precision-guided bomb, which can go after moving targets in bad weather, is "going so well" it may be fielded earlier than expected, according to company officials. The U.S. Air Force's System Programs Office "is looking at [the bomb and saying], 'This is going so well' that they're pulling the timeline left because they want to potentially field it early," said Jim Meger [former 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force vice commander] of Raytheon's Missile Systems business development....

..."No matter how challenging a scenario we've put into it, the weapon is performing just fantastic," Meger said. Meger said fielding to some aircraft may take place "right on the edge of 2018, 2019, is kind of where [officials] are looking."...

...the F-35 is not expected to carry it until roughly 2022, officials said. The Air Force, which classifies the bomb as the GBU-53, is the lead service on the program. "We're working as hard as we can to pull that [fielding] to the left," Meger said.

Raytheon officials this week announced that StormBreaker has entered operational testing. "And we've taken eight operational test shots," Meger said, adding the most recent test occurred last week. Meger said the bomb's success rate was 90 percent during developmental testing....

...An F-35 can carry 24 total StormBreaker bombs, eight internally and 16 externally. The bombs were previously known as small diameter bomb, or SDB, IIs. "Imagine....they have to defend against swarming boats. You can start sending a whole bunch of the SDB IIs out to go find those boats as you're providing information to them, data linking to them," he said.

The StormBreaker's predecessor, Boeing-made GBU-39 SDB I, uses similar precision-guided technology, but lacks the advanced moving-target seeking equipment. The GBU-39 is used as a low collateral-damage weapon, often in urban environments. With StormBreaker, "you can tell it, 'I'm looking for a tracked vehicle.' And it will classify the different targets for you ... and goes, 'That's what you're looking for,'' Merger said. "That's a huge quantum capability leap."

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Unread post18 Jul 2018, 23:19

I want to see one fitted with a booster and launched out of a VLS.
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Unread post18 Jul 2018, 23:43

Given that there is already a Ground Launched SDB1 (on top of an MLRS rocket), SDB2 should be a no-brainer.

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Unread post20 Jul 2018, 19:31

count_to_10 wrote:I want to see one fitted with a booster and launched out of a VLS.

I wonder how the circumference compares to ESSM, since having four of them per VLS tube would be a lot more reasonable tradeoff in space for capability.

Far more expensive than the Hellfires they are scotch-taping onto LCS for anti-swarm boat but it would have long range precision strike capability as well, imagine spec ops contacting the destroyer over the horizon offshore to have an urban bunker taken out with low risk of collateral damage.
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Unread post21 Jul 2018, 05:02

squirrelshoes wrote:
count_to_10 wrote:I want to see one fitted with a booster and launched out of a VLS.

I wonder how the circumference compares to ESSM, since having four of them per VLS tube would be a lot more reasonable tradeoff in space for capability.

Far more expensive than the Hellfires they are scotch-taping onto LCS for anti-swarm boat but it would have long range precision strike capability as well, imagine spec ops contacting the destroyer over the horizon offshore to have an urban bunker taken out with low risk of collateral damage.

ESSM is apparently 10” in diameter, the SDB is nominally 7”. So, probably.
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Unread post21 Jul 2018, 05:40

according to this link, LSDB diameter is 9.5 inches

https://saab.com/land/weapon-systems/su ... eter-bomb/
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Unread post21 Jul 2018, 16:26

popcorn wrote:according to this link, LSDB diameter is 9.5 inches

https://saab.com/land/weapon-systems/su ... eter-bomb/

Hmmm. The diameter of the cylindrical body is supposed to be 7”, so maybe the folded wing assembly adds the other 2.5”.
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