U.K. Awards Contract to Raytheon to Replenish Libyan Action Ordnance

by: Matthew Potter
April 3, 2012

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The recent NATO led air campaign against Muammaf Gaddafi’s Libya was very successful. Using their advanced aircraft such as Eurofighter Typhoons, Dassault Rafales and others the European nations were able to support ground action by the rebels and support the removal of the North African dictator.

Of course this required the expenditure of quite a bit of air delivered ordnance and now the users are looking at purchasing new equipment to replenish their stocks. One of the contracts awarded to do this was to Raytheon (RTN) by the U.K. Ministry of Defence. This almost $100 million contract is for Paveway IV GPS guided bomb kits.

The Paveway adds a guidance section and fins to a normal bomb usually of around 2,000 lbs. The original Paveway used laser guidance homing in on a reflection of a beam but later ones like the IV utilize GPS guidance where the bomb flies to a coordinate utilizing satellite navigation.

Much of the kit will be made by British companies and Raytheon expects to fulfill the bulk of the order in 7 months.

The U.S. used prodigious amounts of small arms ammunition, 30mm cannon rounds and missiles like the Hellfire in Iraq and Afghanistan. This required substantial contract orders for these which allowed companies like Alliant Techsystems (ATK), who make ammunition and pyrotechnics, a good business. Unfortunately for the industry now that fighting is ending there will be some final orders to replenish stocks as Britain is doing and then there will be much less annual production requirement to support training and the expected minimal use in reduced operations.

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