Thu, Dec 11, 2008
Further Applications Include Tornado GR4, Typhoon Fighters
Raytheon's Paveway IV weapon system
completed all evaluation activities, clearing it to enter service
with the United Kingdom's Royal Navy and Royal Air Force Harrier
Following the demonstration of capability trials at the US
Navy's Air Warfare Center China Lake, CA the UK Ministry of Defence
accepted the weapon system into operational service.
"This is a tremendous achievement and a testament to the team
ethos and trust forged between all stakeholders," said John Michel,
Raytheon Systems Limited acting director of Precision Systems.
"Paveway IV provides the UK MoD with a world-class strike
capability, advanced flexibility and significantly improved safety
characteristics. Raytheon is proud to have delivered this system to
the UK Armed Forces in support of current operational
UK MoD Freefall Integrated Project Team Leader Captain Howard
Holdsworth, Royal Navy, said: "Paveway IV will provide those at the
front line with a hugely flexible and very welcome capability. This
is the culmination of a tremendous amount of hard work on the part
of the stakeholder community, both in the MoD and Industry. We can
be justifiably proud of our achievements; Paveway IV is a very
capable weapon system indeed."
Paveway IV is being integrated onto all UK fixed-wing strike
platforms including the Tornado GR4, Eurofighter Typhoon and the
Joint Combat Aircraft.
The Paveway IV weapon system is designed to provide low-cost,
day-or-night, all-weather, general purpose precision bombing
capability. Compared with standard 500-pound class weapons, the
enhanced capabilities of Paveway IV include: insensitive munition
warhead with increased penetration; cockpit selectable terminal
fuzing with air burst and post impact delay; highly reliable second
environment sensing via unique arming maneuver; delayed arming to
minimize collateral damage; and GPS anti-jam resistance via
inertial-only guidance mode.
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