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Paveway IV



Overview


Paveway IV

Two Paveway IV laser guided bombs mounted onto a Harrier II.

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Origin
United Kingdom
Type
Guided bomb
Entered service
2008
Status
In service
Development
Early 2000's
Developer
United Kingdom - Raytheon UK
Production
Mid 2000's - present
Producer
United Kingdom - Raytheon UK

Description


Introduction

The Paveway IV is a modern guided bomb of UK origin. It was developed in he early 2000's as a limited weight guided bomb with multiple seeker modes.

Design

The Paveway IV is an upgrade of the existing Enhanced Paveway II guidance set. The nose section features the guidance set and the tail section features extending wings with control surfaces. The Paveway IV is based on a modified Mk 82 500 lbs general purpose bomb slightly modified for increased penetration. A similar sized body with even better penetration is under development in order approximate the performance of the much heavier BLU-109 penetrator warhead.

Guidance

The guidance system uses multiple guidance modes, including inertial navigation, GPS guidance and semi-active laser homing. Either inertial of GPS guidance is used with laser homing being an option in the terminal phase.

Launch platforms

The Paveway IV can be used on various aircraft. These include the Eurofighter Typhoon, Panavia Tornado, BAe Harrier II and F-35 Lightning II.

Users

The Paveway IV is in use with the United Kingdom. It has also been exported to Saudi Arabia.

Details


Facts Paveway IV
General
Origin
United Kingdom
Type
Guided bomb
Dimensions
Length
3.1 m
Diameter
0.27 m
Wingspan
0.42 m with wings folded
Weight
225 kg baseline bomb, exluding guidance kit
Guidance
Guidance mode
Inertial navigation, with or without GPS assistance
Semi-active laser homing
Warhead
Warhead type
Mk 82 Enhanced general purpose bomb
Warhead weight
225 kg warhead with
Fuzing
Selectable height of burst
Performance
Max range
Over 30 km, depending on drop altitude, speed and flight path
Speed
Subsonic