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GBU-53/B StormBreaker  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): August 2020
Maiden Flight: 6 June 2007
Total Production: 17,163
Unitary Cost: USD$303,000
Total Cost: USD$5.2 billion
Also Known As: GBU-40, SDB II and SDB Increment II
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Raytheon
Parent System: SDB
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Total Production: 48,733
Total Cost: USD$6.7 billion
Family Members: GBU-39/B
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Description: The Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) is a precision-guided munition that will enable current and future aircraft to attack more targets in a single mission. The weapon is suitable for fighter aircraft, bombers and unmanned combat aircraft (UCAV). The SDB is a 250-pound class bomb with two different guidance systems. The fire and forget SDB provided with a GPS/INS guidance system, while the direct attack mode SDB is provided with a different guidance system to attack undetermined and moving targets.

The GBU-39 follow-on developed under the SDB Increment II program, and named the GBU-40, is planned to start development in 2006. It is known that GBU-40/SDB II will provide a stand-off range of 60 nautical miles (+110 kilometers). In early 2005, GBU-40 development was committed to begin in fiscal year 2006 when GBU-39 was planned to enter into full rate production. The GBU-40 was released to be an optimized SDB intended capable of hitting moving targets on the ground following a requirement from the US Air Force and US Navy. The SDB II is expected to enter service with the Armed Forces of the United States of America by 2017.

In April 2006 the US Air Force awarded contracts to two industry teams led by Boeing/Lockheed Martin (GBU-40) and Raytheon (GBU-53/B) to proceed with the SDB Increment II or SDB II risk reduction phase. The risk reduction contracts were valued at roughly $144 million. Overall SDB II program is worth $1.3 billion. System design and development phase was planned to be issued by late 2009. The US Air Force selected the Raytheon GBU-53/B design in August 2010 due to its improved seeker that features three modes of operation: millimeter-wave radar, uncooled imaging infrared and semiactive laser. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2013 with a required assets available date in late 2014. The first platforms scheduled to receive the new weapon are the F-15E, F-35B and F-35C fighter aircrafts.

GBU-53/B StormBreaker Applications

Combat Aircraft F-15 Silent Eagle F-15CX Super Eagle F-15E Strike Eagle F-15EX Super Eagle F-35A Lightning II F-35B Lightning II F-35C Lightning II F/A-18E Super Hornet F/A-18F Super Hornet

GBU-53/B StormBreaker Specifications

Diameter: 190 millimeter (7.48 inch)
Length: 1,800 millimeter (71 inch)
Max Range: 110 kilometer (59 nautical mile)
Weight: 114 kilogram (251 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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GBU-53/B StormBreaker News

There are 41 news between
16 Aug 2004 and 15 Jun 2020
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Monday, June 15, 2020GBU-53 Stormbreaker Guided Bomb Completes First Release from US Navy Super Hornet
GBU-53 StormBreaker to Achieve IOC in August 2020
Monday, June 17, 2019GBU-53/B Stormbreaker Smart Bomb Completes Operational Testing
Tuesday, December 18, 2018US Air Force Orders 1,260 SDB II Guided Bombs
Monday, July 16, 2018StormBreaker Smart Bomb Enters Operational Testing
Thursday, April 19, 2018Small Diameter Bomb II Completes Developmental Testing
Tuesday, February 27, 2018US Air Force Orders 570 Lot 4 SDB II Bombs
Monday, October 2, 2017FMS: Australia Wants 3,900 GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment II
Wednesday, September 27, 2017US Air Force Orders Small Diameter Bomb II Engineering Change
Monday, June 19, 2017Small Diameter Bomb II Completes High-Speed Wind Tunnel Testing

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