The Norwegian government will procure Raytheon Missiles & Defense’s StormBreaker “smart” glide bomb from the US Air Force.
Preparations have already begun to integrate the “network-enabled weapon” into the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s fleet of F-35 aircraft.
“We see the StormBreaker as a key component in achieving the full operational capability of our F-35 fleet,” said Brigadier General Sigurd Fongen.
“The weapon will bring significant capability against stationary and moving targets at long range, further enhancing the Norwegian Air Force’s ability to maintain national and regional security together with our allies,” added the head of the Norwegian Defense Staff Office of the F- 35.
Raytheon claims the StormBreaker smart weapon gives pilots “the upper hand in battle” through its ability to hit moving and stationary targets “in some of the worst weather conditions.”
Air Power President Paul Ferraro said, “The StormBreaker offers a unique combination of power, precision and operational flexibility on the battlefield.”
The glide bomb is currently being deployed with the US Air Force’s F-15E Strike Eagle. The weapon is also integrated with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, as well as USAF manned and unmanned platforms.