U.S. Air Force Continues To Buy Paveway Guidance Systems

by: Matthew Potter
December 28, 2009

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The Paveway is a kit that converts an iron bomb into a laser guided one. They are not powered but use aerodynamic controls and a sensor kit to guide the bomb to where a laser is pointing. This laser may be ground or air based. With the development of the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) GPS guided system laser bombs have been used less but Paveways are still being produced and available for service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Raytheon was awarded a contract last week to build another 750 kits to convert bombs with the Paveway kit. This is the full amount of the contract so it may be this will see the winding down of production. JDAM have the advantage of not requiring a designator as the coordinates are loaded into the weapon and by using GPS satellites it guides itself to them.

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