The AGM-65 Maverick is a precision-attack missile for more than 33 countries’ air, naval and marine forces. Maverick is certified for use on more than 25 aircraft, including helicopters and fighter, attack and multiplace patrol aircraft. More than 69,000 missiles have been produced to date, and more than 6,000 have been used in combat, with a 93 percent kill rate.
Maverick configurations are based on three seekers — television, infrared and laser — and two warhead sizes. Maverick’s guidance software provides attack capability around-the-clock against fixed high-value targets, high-speed moving and maneuvering armored vehicles, ships and fast boats, and targets of opportunity. The guidance system also allows man-in-the-loop lock-on before launch. Its guidance is accurate to within one meter, which greatly reduces the possibility of collateral damage during urban close air support.
Prudent investment in new technologies has kept Maverick at the leading edge of capability for 40 years, and planned seeker and guidance improvements will extend Maverick’s viability into the future.