Raytheon builds its 1,000th 250-pound Paveway kit to make dumb bombs smart.

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The Eurofighter IPA 7 test aircraft taking part in Paveway IV compatibility trials. The aircraft was loaded with six Paveway IV bombs, four medium-range and two short-range air-to-air missiles. Raytheon UK photo.

Raytheon Company’s (NYSE: RTN) Paveway program achieved a major milestone when it completed production of the 1,000th 250-pound Paveway laser-guided precision munition. Raytheon’s combat-proven Paveway is a kit that transforms “dumb” bombs into precision-guided weapons.

The 250-pound weapon, designated the GBU-58, is integrated on the AT-6, Super Etendard and the Mirage 3 aircraft. The Paveway family of weapons is integrated on more than 25 aircraft in 43 countries, including the Jaguar and Rafale. Raytheon has delivered more than 350,000 Paveway systems worldwide.

“The GBU-58, which is available via direct commercial sale, offers warfighters a small, precision-guided munition that reduces collateral damage,” said Harry Schulte, Raytheon Missile Systems’ vice president of Air Warfare Systems. “The Paveway family of weapons blends standoff capability with flexible warhead options, making it a cost-effective precision solution.”

About the Paveway Family of Weapons
The combat-proven Paveway is a kit that transforms “dumb” bombs into precision-guided weapons. Paveway II and Paveway III are laser-guidance kits, while the Enhanced Paveway II, Enhanced Paveway III and Paveway IV use both laser and GPS guidance.

Paveway Highlights

- More than 300,000 Paveways are in the inventory of 43 nations.
- The Paveway family of weapons is integrated on more than 25 aircraft.
- Thousands of Paveways have been used in combat.

Source: Raytheon