Let me paint a picture for you, a scene straight out of your wildest military-industrial dreams.

Raytheon Technologies Corp., one of the big guns in the defense world, just pocketed nearly $700 million in contracts from Uncle Sam’s Air Force.

They’re cranking out the 10th production lot of something called the StormBreaker, or the GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II for the aficionados among us.

It’s a deal that’s not just a win for Raytheon but also innovative equipment for the US military and its comrades-in-arms worldwide.

StormBreaker: A Beast Unleashed

Now, let me tell you about this StormBreaker munition, and as always, this isn’t your granddaddy’s bomb.

StormBreaker Smart Weapon
StormBreaker munition (Image source: RTX)

Weighing about as much as a smallish linebacker, this 204-pound wonder is packed with a tri-mode seeker that sees through the worst Mother Nature can throw at it.

Millimeter wave radar slices through the fog and rain, imaging infrared picks out the bad guys from the innocents, and semi-active laser locks on like a bloodhound on a scent.

Paraphrasing Raytheon’s head of Air Power, this thing’s got more eyes than a bushel of potatoes and can stick to a target tighter than a tick on a hound.