Last Updated: 02/11/2014*
When our troops are pinned down by hostile fire, they count on Maverick to eliminate the threat without causing unnecessary collateral damage.
During the 2011 Libyan conflict, one of that country’s coast guard ships was firing indiscriminately at nearby merchant vessels in the post of Misrata. A U.S. Navy patrol aircraft fired Mavericks at the ship, quickly engaging and beaching the threatening vessel.
An F-16 fighter aircraft fires the new Laser Maverick that features an enhanced laser seeker and new software that reduces the risk of collateral damage.
Combat proven, with more than 7800 launches, Maverick is employed by the United States Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and by allied nations on more than 25 types of aircraft.
It features three seeker choices and two warhead options that enable the warfighter to conduct around-the-clock operations. The weapon’s versatility means that it is effective against a wide variety of fixed, stationary, moving and maneuvering targets both on land and at sea, some at speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour.
The missile was first produced and delivered to the U.S Air Force in 1972, but it remains essential in today’s combat operations. “It might be 40, but this isn’t your father’s Maverick,” said Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems Air Warfare Systems Product Line. “We continue to evolve the missile to meet today’s needs and tomorrow’s operational requirements.”
Learn more about the Maverick Missile.
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