Wed, Jan 29, 2003
Air-to-Ground Maverick in High Demand
The US Air Force awarded Raytheon a $38.9 million
Foreign Military Sales contract for Maverick missiles.
The FMS contract includes AGM-65 infrared (IR) Maverick
missiles, trainers and associated spares for Taiwan, United Arab
Emirates, Oman and Bahrain. "This is another major award for the
Raytheon-U.S. Air Force Maverick team as we continue to provide our
international partners with the proven air-to-ground precision
engagement capability of the IR Maverick missile," said Ron
Shields, Raytheon Maverick program director.
There are two versions of the IR Maverick missile: the AGM-65D
and AGM-65G. The AGM-65D variant has an imaging infrared guidance
system. The IR seeker presents a TV-like image on the cockpit
display as it senses small differences in heat energy between that
radiated by target objects and the surrounding background. The
AGM-65D Maverick missile carries a 125-pound shaped charge warhead.
The AGM-65G missile essentially uses the same guidance system with
some software modifications that enables the missile to track
larger targets. This variant carries the 300-pound blast
fragmentation warhead with selected fuze delays. Work is to be
completed by December 2004 and will be performed primarily at
Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson (AZ).
Maverick is a precision, air-to-ground missile that is used
against small hard targets, armored vehicles, surface-to-air
missile (SAM) sites, and high value targets, such as ships, port
facilities and communications centers. The Maverick has
launch-and-leave capability to enable the pilot to lock onto the
target, launch the missile and then take evasive action.
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