The U.S. Air Force (Air Force) has completed the first phase of demonstration tests of the semi-autonomous precision-guided weapon system Golden Horde (Golden Horde) by striking six Collaborative Small Diameter Bomb (CSDB) bombs at once for the first time, Defense News reported.
The latest test took place May 26 at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. During the test, an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter dropped six CSDB bombs that communicated with each other and with the ground station. This accomplished the first task of the tests – establishing communication between the bombs using the Banshee 2 network (in previous tests, four and two bombs interacted). In the second task, the CSDB swarm was sent updated target information from the ground station.
As a result, a pair of bombs synchronously destroyed one target, with two more bombs hitting a pair of different targets.
In March, FlightGlobal wrote that in the penultimate week of February, four GBU-39/B SDB bombs integrated into the Golden Horde system were successfully hit four targets simultaneously.
In June 2020, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter first fired the GBU-53/B StormBreaker, which, as Forbes wrote, being integrated into the Golden Horde program would be a “game-changer.”
In March of the same year, at the Air Warfare Symposium 2020 event in Orlando, Florida, the U.S. Air Force showed an animation of the Golden Horde, an advanced system using artificial intelligence and communications, striking the enemy.