Raytheon’s Kim Ernzen Talks About New Missile, Glide Bomb for Military Clients

Jeff Brody
Kim Ernzen

Kim Ernzen, vice president for air warfare systems at Raytheon, told Breaking Defense in an interview published Thursday that the company's new medium-range missile offering incorporates some features of two other missiles that were designed to support air-to-air engagement missions.

She said the Peregrine system complements the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile and AIM-9X Sidewinder platforms.

Ernzen noted in the interview that Raytheon aims to reach initial operational capability status for the StormBreaker guided glide bomb technology the company has developed for the U.S. Air Force.

StormBreaker uses a tri-mode seeker, GPS technology, semi-active lasers and millimeter-wave radars as guidance to engage targets. The weapon is designed to operate in all environmental conditions onboard F-15E aircraft and eventually F-35 fighter jets.

The company also worked with the U.S. Army to test a ground-launched naval strike missile for defeating sea-based moving targets. Ernzen said that the U.S. government approved foreign military sales of the missile for use on MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopters.

She added that Raytheon partnered with Norway-based defense firm Kongsberg to integrate the Joint Strike Missile system into fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft platforms.

JSM is derived from the Naval Strike Missile and uses imaging infrared technology.

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