Friday, August 1, 2008

Paveway IV bomb could enter service next year

Paveway IV could enter service with the RAF later this year following the successful passing of tests. The test in the UK consisted of 14 bomb releases by an RAF Harrier GR9. The bomb will equip the Harriers, Tornado GR4 and Typhoon. The GPS and laser guided weapon completed impact, air burst and delayed detonation tests and was highly accurate. Its a good comeback for the Raytheon bomb after it failed an initial evaluation last year because of problems with it's fuse and explosives. The bomb will become operation on the Harrier next year and other types later on.

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