SDB II Scores Hits in Flight Tests

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Unread post28 Dec 2021, 18:23

quicksilver wrote:Sounds like there wasn’t enough user participation in the dev of the weapon.

I am reminded of a similar comment I made to a colleague some (many) years ago re: getting user inputs. His response was that ‘they’ (the users) ‘...would only screw up a perfectly good design.’

Such is the constructive friction in aircraft/weapons systems development. Often, what makes perfect sense to one, is dreadfully deficient to another.

Hmmm, carry 6 SDBIIs and have how much planning time? That’s a wtfo, but ya still gotta make it work.


I do wonder if the UK will have better success with Spear. They've had 10+ years of using Brimstone from fast air, which admittedly won't be as complex as Spear mission planning but could have provided some decent pointers in its development and use.
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Unread post02 Jan 2022, 05:37

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2021/12 ... aker-bomb/

WASHINGTON — A squadron from Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho has became the first operational unit to use the GBU-53/B StormBreaker smart bomb — a major step forward for the long-delayed small diameter bomb.

In the test last month, four F-15E Strike Eagles from the 391st Fighter Squadron, which is part of the 366th Fighter Wing, targeted and hit four moving vehicles on the ground with four Raytheon Technologies-made StormBreakers at the Utah Test and Training Range on Nov. 2, the Air Force said in a Dec. 13 release.
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So far, the StormBreaker is only approved for integration on the F-15E, the Air Force said. But results from this test will eventually lead to its use on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and fifth-generation fighters like the F-35, the release said.
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The 204-pound StormBreaker is a relatively small weapon measuring 69 inches long and about 7 inches in diameter, allowing the Strike Eagle to carry up to 28 of them. This would come in handy when an F-15E needs to strike multiple ground targets with a high level of accuracy, the Air Force said.

The weapon has a 105-pound warhead. It can strike stationary targets up to 69 miles away and moving targets up to 45 miles away using a combination of millimeter wave active radar homing, semi-active laser guidance, infrared homing, GPS-coupled inertial guidance and data link technology.

The Air Force said the bomb’s connectivity allows redirection to a new target midair after launch.
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Raytheon also announced Nov. 30 that a Marine Corps F-35B had dropped the StormBreaker for the first time in a weapons test. Raytheon said developmental and operational testing on the F-35B will continue in order to ensure safe and capable use, and that the Navy will declare initial operational capability on the Super Hornet after its operational testing concludes.

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Unread post13 Jan 2022, 20:56

StormBreaker: A networked, all-weather weapon for low-collateral-damage engagement
13 Jan 2022 Breaking Defense

"Now being integrated on the F-35B, F/A-18E/F, and F-15E, the StormBreaker glide bomb has an advanced tri-mode seeker and is the first network-enabled weapon in the Air Force inventory.

In late November, Raytheon Missiles & Defense and the US Navy conducted the first weapon drop of a StormBreaker smart weapon from a Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II. During the test, an F-35B naval aviator used the network-enabled weapon as a guided munition, employing the same mission scenario as one that would be used in combat—from mission planning to release. The F-35B will continue developmental and operational testing to prove out safety and capability....

...[then lengthy Q&A with Raytheon GBU-53/B StormBreaker bomb developer Steve Milano, Director of Air to Surface Requirements and Capability at Raytheon Missiles & Defense]
Breaking Defense: What technologies set StormBreaker apart?
Milano: The StormBreaker capability gives you the ability to stand off at greater than 45 nautical miles. It also gives you the ability to autonomously use the tri-mode seeker in the front end to classify and engage targets. At the back end, looking at the actual capability and lethality of the platform, is the multi-effect warhead that is designed to take on tanks, maneuvering targets, and fixed structures. It’s got a wide portfolio of targets that it can go after. Previous classes of weapon were only intended for soft non-moving or slowly-moving targets in the open.

Breaking Defense: Looking at it from the point of view of the Great Power competition, how might StormBreaker be employed as part of an improved OODA loop or kill chain with networking capabilities for Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2)?
Milano:
The reason we call StormBreaker a smart weapon is because of its brain and its ability to communicate. StormBreaker is a net-enabled weapon that uses a dual-band two-way data link to communicate with the network. It will communicate with its controlling platform or an off-board platform, as well as ground controllers, as necessary....

...Breaking Defense: What makes it smart? I understand that it’s precision guided and connected to a network, but in what ways is it smart?
Milano:
All of the attributes that make StormBreaker great individually all work together in a virtual, fused environment in the back end. The seeker at the front has a millimeter wave radar, an imaging infrared seeker, and a semi-active laser. Each of those is a unique capability, and we’re the only ones that utilize a tri-mode seeker in this class of weapon. We’re also the first network-enabled weapon in the Air Force inventory.

StormBreaker takes all of the inputs and data from these systems and fuses them with the GPS (Global Positioning Systems) and enhanced INS (inertial navigation system) data in the backend, as well as the input from the dual-band data link that we mentioned previously. Fusing together that data provides a mature targeting and information solution so that it can ensure low-collateral-damage engagement on the target....

...Breaking Defense: The most recent program development for StormBreaker came recently when a Navy F-35B released a StormBreaker in its first ever munition drop. Please provide a program status.
Milano:
As of right now, we are awarded through five lots of production. Presently, we have 2,500 rounds or so in the inventory delivered, which encompasses the first five lots of production. The sixth, seventh, and eighth lots of production are on contract and we will build those out in the coming years....

...You mentioned the first drop off the F-35B, and that kicks off a series of test shots that will ultimately culminate in a live fire test shot in a normal attack mode. That will enable the weapon to do what it’s really good at., which is sorting and categorizing what it’s seeing on the horizon and engaging those targets....

...[part answers to other questions] Another area of growth is expansion in building partner capacity through Foreign Military Sales (FMS). The F-35 is the primary platform for that expansion. So as the F-35A expands across our partners so will the StormBreaker capability. That’s not to say that other competitions going on worldwide where the Super Hornet is competing won’t also have StormBreaker. F-35 is just the primary...

...Finally, we are now at the point in the program where we’re starting to open up and look at building partner capacity. We’ve already got Australia as an FMS partner, and we’re looking at other F-35 countries as they submit the request and come on board the program."

Photo: "In late 2021, the Navy conducted the first weapon drop of a Raytheon StormBreaker smart weapon from a Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II. (Photo courtesy of Raytheon Missiles & Defense.)" https://sites.breakingmedia.com/uploads ... ropped.jpg


Source: https://breakingdefense.com/2022/01/sto ... ngagement/


Raytheon Missiles & Defense - StormBreaker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caGT7cBhEpE

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Unread post13 Jan 2022, 22:43

Hmm. An 8-round internal carriage on the ‘B’…

Nice. :thumb:
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Unread post13 Jan 2022, 23:40

The B is obviously a girl. It has ummm.. girl parts.
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Unread post14 Jan 2022, 00:41

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Unread post14 Jan 2022, 01:07

That's going to be a $3.2m munition load. AIM-120d $1m - SDB II $200k
I still have trouble getting my head around the cost of weapons. It's the median accumulated wealth of 40 Americans or 13 Australians.
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Unread post14 Jan 2022, 01:26

Does an SBD 1 fit automatically mean an SDB 2 fit?
SDB versus a surface combatant would really do alot of damage. You could target the bridge all of the VLS, and the engineering spaces in 1 pass. It may not sink it out right, but if all 8 hit, it would put the ship out of commission. GL trying to use your CIWS on 16 SDB from a 2 flight.

* edit* I'm sorry I didn't notice they are already stormbreaker
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Unread post14 Jan 2022, 01:41

Here is another thought:

For the 1st time ever in Naval history you can have a small wasp class boat that can compete with full sized carrier in the tactical strike role. The only thing the Gator boat is missing is organic awacs.

10 X F-35Bs can destroy 80 target points. In 1 pass that's alot of new capability for this class of ship. Keep In mind that the gator boat can can do ISR, escort Jamming, counter air, and deep interdiction missions, things unheard of with a harrier.
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