It can destroy the long-range mobile target in bad weather, and test fire a new bomb in meif18

 It can destroy the long-range mobile target in bad weather, and test fire a new bomb in meif18

According to the US national interest bimonthly website reported in June 15th, the new bomb is officially called GBU-53/B (formerly known as the second generation of small diameter bombs). A key component of the new bomb is the three mode seeker technology, a guided system guided by millimeter wave radar, non cooled infrared imaging guidance and semi-active laser technology. The weapon can track and destroy targets 40 miles away.

Raytheon Cos weapons developers say that the three mode seeker provides a series of guidance and targeting options that are usually not used in one system at the same time. Millimeter wave radar enables the weapon to navigate in bad weather. Infrared imaging guidance enables the weapon to track and lock in thermal signals. With semi-active laser technology, the weapon can be guided to precise points using laser indicators or laser illuminators from the air or ground.

Storm Destroyer is the only guidance weapon that allows pilots to hit moving targets in bad weather or with local dust and smoke, Christie stager, project director of storm destroyer, said in a company statement

Photo: gbu-53 / b storm destroyer long range guided bomb. (official website of Raytheon company)

Photo: imagination of F-35 stealth fighter dropping storm Destroyer bombs. (US Air Force official website)

According to US media, storm Destroyer can find, identify and track a large number of targets, including moving and stationary targets. The US R & D personnel completed a series of wind tunnel tests, as well as development tests and government confidence tests. A Raytheon statement also said the bomb verified all modes of operation, the ability to send, receive and process information through Link-16 and UHF data links. Storm destroyer uses the universal weapon interface protocol to make the weapon / aircraft interface compatible with a variety of aircraft, including the F-35, Raytheon researchers said

In addition, Raytheons R & D personnel also told the warrior expert website that the bomb uses a two-way dual frequency data link, which can change the target or adjust to different target positions during the flight. Raytheon officials explained that the design weight of the storm Destroyer guided bomb is only 208 pounds, which is lighter than most other U.S. air dropped bombs, so an F-35 joint attack fighter built-in bomb compartment can hold eight.

According to US media, about 105 pounds (47.3 kg) of the storm Destroyer Bomb come from warheads, which combine the explosive debris capability with the shaped charge jet technology used to penetrate enemy armored targets. The bomb also has the ability to classify targets, which means it can be set to attack only one tank in a fleet without hurting other mobile vehicles. Raytheon officials also say the bombs can classify tanks, ships or wheeled targets.

After successful integration into the F / A-18E / F carrier based fighter, the storm Destroyer guided bomb will be deployed to the U.S. Marine Corps F-35B short drop stealth fighter, and then to the f-35a (land-based air force type) and f-35c (naval carrier type) stealth fighter, the report said.

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