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US is testing a semi-autonomous air bomb that will change the rules of the game

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter first launched the GBU-53/B StormBreaker, which, when integrated into the Golden Horde [Golden Horde] semi-autonomous precision weapon program, will change the “rules of the game,” writes Forbes, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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According to the American publication, tests began in June in the United States. Tests GBU-53/B StormBreaker will be completed by the end of 2020. The weapons will first be received by the F/A-18E /F Super Hornet and F-15E Eagle fighters, and then the F-35 Lightning II. In particular, the latter will be able to carry up to 24 units of the GBU-53/B StormBreaker.

Forbes recalls that the GBU-53 / B StormBreaker was based on the development of the 1980s, when Soviet tank formations were planned to be destroyed by “rain” of smart anti-tank shells fired by a carrier aircraft without entering the enemy’s air defense zone.

The magazine writes that the GBU-53 / B StormBreaker is capable of independently selecting pre-selected targets depending on the priority of their defeat and allows course correction by a carrier aircraft. Management swarm GBU-53 / B StormBreaker can take place in the framework of the Golden Horde program [Golden Horde], involving, in particular, the use of artificial intelligence. The publication notes that a swarm of such bombs should be attributed to weapons of mass destruction.

In March, the US Air Force at the Air Warfare Symposium 2020 event in Orlando, Florida, showed an animation of a strike against an adversary of the promising Golden Horde system, using artificial intelligence and communications.

In December 2019, the American publication Popular Mechanics wrote that the U.S. Air Force wants to direct the Golden Horde system against its opponents.

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The 93-kilogram GBU-53 / B StormBreaker bomb can destroy targets up to 110 kilometers away. A distinctive feature of the weapon is the presence of a three-mode system, which includes an infrared sensor, a millimeter-wave radar and semi-active laser guidance, which allows to hit moving targets, as well as the possibility of use in any weather conditions.

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