Friday, September 25, 2020

Raytheon gets $386M air-to-ground weapon system contract modification

U.S. weapons maker Raytheon Company has been awarded a $7 million U.S. Air Force contract modification for Paveway series laser-guided bomb kits.

The modification provides a total package approach (TPA) for Paveway-specific activities including, but not limited to: studies, production, certification, integration and sustainment.

This modification increases the ceiling of the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract from the previously awarded amount of $110,000,000 to $496,000,000.  Work will be performed at Tucson, Arizona; and Air Force test ranges.  This modification involves 100% foreign military sales to countries with active cases to acquire Paveway weapon systems or have expressed interest in the Paveway Family of Weapons.

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The advanced guidance system of the Paveway can be integrated with conventional gravity bombs to transform them into precision-guided munitions.

The company’s website said Paveway laser-guided bomb has revolutionized tactical air-to-ground warfare by converting “dumb” bombs into precision-guided munitions. Paveway bombs comprised more than half the air-to-ground precision-guided weapons used in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Unified Protector.

Newer versions of Paveway bombs include GPS/INS guidance capabilities. This innovation combines the accuracy and flexibility of traditional laser-guided weapons with the all-weather capability of GPS guidance, resulting in a weapon that decreases the required sortie count and weapon inventory while increasing the mission success rate.

The Paveway family of laser only guided and dual-mode GPS/laser-guided bombs has grown to be the trusted weapon of choice for 43 international customers.

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