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Paveway Laser-Guided Bomb

Converting Bombs Into Precision-Guided Weapons.

The Paveway™ family of laser guided bombs has revolutionized tactical air-to-ground warfare by converting "dumb" bombs into precision guided munitions. Paveway bombs have been put to the test in every major conflict and proved themselves, time and again, as the weapon of choice by the end-users. They made up more than half the air-to-ground precision guided weapons used in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Newer versions of the Paveway bomb include GPS/INS guidance capabilities. This innovation combines the accuracy and flexibility of traditional laser-guided weapons with the all-weather capability of GPS guidance, resulting in a weapon that decreases the required sortie count and weapon inventory while simultaneously increasing the mission success rate.

The U.S. Air Force drops a Paveway™ 2 laser-guided bomb from an F-35A at the Utah Test and Training Range. Paveway is the weapon of choice for more than 40 customers. (Photo: U.S. Air Force)
The U.S. Air Force drops a Paveway™ II laser-guided bomb from an F-35A at the Utah Test and Training Range. It is the weapon of choice for more than 40 customers. (Photo: U.S. Air Force)

Raytheon UK is the design authority for Paveway™ IV bomb, which has all-weather strike capability and is deployable on Tornado GR4, Typhoon and the JSF.

The Paveway IV bomb is the latest generation guided weapon selected by the UK MOD for the Precision Guided Bomb program, and has been deployed since 2008 on all UK combat operations. The combat-proven dual-mode guidance, together with height-of-burst and penetrating capability in one weapon system, enables the decision of target engagement to be made right up to the point of release.

The Paveway IV bomb was successfully deployed with the RAF as part of Operations Herrick and Ellamy, achieving 98 percent accuracy. Raytheon UK-funded SPIRAL developments include moving target engagement capability, low-yield warhead variant, penetrator warhead development and range extension.

In May 2013, Raytheon UK received a Chief of Defence Material Award for the execution of a Paveway IV bomb replenishment contract. Most recently, Raytheon UK's engineers have identified an opportunity to leverage the company's new Landshield™ technology to propose a rapid development of a Paveway IV bomb with GPS anti-jam capability.

Learn more about Raytheon's Precision Weapons.

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