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EGBU-12 Paveway II  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2001
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Enhanced Paveway II, EP2 and GBU-49
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Raytheon
Parent System: Paveway
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1968
Total Production: 353,000
Family Members: EGBU-10 Paveway II, EGBU-16 Paveway II, EGBU-24 Paveway III, EGBU-27 Paveway III, GBU-10 Paveway II, GBU-12 Paveway II, GBU-16 Paveway II, GBU-24 Paveway III, GBU-27 Paveway III, GBU-28 Bunker Buster, GBU-28C/B, GBU-58 Paveway and Paveway II DMLGB
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Description: The Laser Guided Bombs (LGB) were introduced in 1968 to meet the requirements for precision guided bombs of the US military. The semi-active LGBs home on reflected laser beam energy directed on the target. The target illumination can be done by the launching aircraft, by a third aircraft or by ground-based troops operating a laser designator. The LGBs are in fact a laser guidance kit applicable to current conventional unguided bombs.
The Laser Guided Bombs have reduced the number of weapons requested to destroy a single target while enhancing accuracy, reliability and cost-effectiveness in strike missions. The LGBs were introduced during Vietnam and afterward they have been employed over Panama, Iraq, the former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. The United States and 31 nations of the world have ordered Paveway bombs and more than 125,000 Paveway II kits have been produced to date.
The GBU-12 Paveway II consists of a MK-82 500 pound (250 kg) bomb with an added laser guidance package. This bomb is suitable against small, hardened targets such as battle tanks and other armored vehicles. This bomb also features a reduced collateral damage probability due to its lightweight warhead.
The Enhanced Paveway II EGBU-12 is a dual-mode guided bomb designed to effectively operate in all-weather conditions. Laser-guided GBU-12s can only operate in optimal weather conditions endangers the laser beam which guides the bomb through its intended target. EGBU-12s, which were introduced in 2001 during operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, relies on semi-active laser guidance and Global Positioning System (GPS) aided inertial guidance system to seamlessly hit the target. The GPS guides the bomb in poor weather conditions and laser guidance aides engaging mobile targets of opportunity.
The EGBU-12 was employed successfully during military operations in Afghanistan (Enduring Freedom 2001) and Iraq (Iraqi Freedom 2003) by the US Air Force and the armed forces of the United Kingdom. The same weapon was selected by the armed forces of Denmark and Spain as well as other international customers not disclosed yet (France?). As of May 2005, the EGBU-12 has been integrated onto the Tornado, Harrier and Super Etendard aircraft. Integration is under way on the F-16, F/A-18, AMX fighter/bomber, F-35 and Eurofighter aircraft. In May 2005, the Enhanced Paveway II bomb was undergoing integration on the F/A-18 aircraft on behalf of the US Navy at China Lake Test Range, California.

EGBU-12 Paveway II Applications


Strike & Fighter Aircraft F-35A Lightning II F-35B Lightning II F-35C Lightning II Mirage 2000D Mirage 2000N Rafale M Super Etendard Typhoon Typhoon T Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles MQ-9A Reaper

EGBU-12 Paveway II Specifications

Dimensions
Diameter: 270 millimeter (10.6 inch)
Length: 3.33 meter (131 inch)
Wingspan: 1.32 meter
Performance
CEP: 9 meter
Max Range: 14,800 meter (7.99 nautical mile)
Weight
Warhead: 87 kilogram (192 pound)
Weight: 277 kilogram (611 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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EGBU-12 Paveway II News

There are 26 news between
8 Nov 2005 and 14 Jan 2014
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014FMS: Singapore Requests F-16C/D Block 52 Upgrade
Wednesday, January 8, 2014US Navy Awards Lockheed Martin Contract for Production of Paveway II Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds
Friday, November 8, 2013FMS: Romania Requests Weapons, Equipment, and Support for F-16 Block 15 MLU Aircraft
Thursday, June 20, 2013Next Generation of Enhanced Paveway II Provides Improved Capability, Performance
Saturday, July 7, 2012French Navy Rafale M Jet Tests Enhanced Paveway II Wireless Integration Kit
Friday, February 3, 2012FMS: Poland Requests Weapons Package for its F-16s
Sunday, November 13, 2011Raytheon Develops Wireless Integration for Enhanced Paveway
Wednesday, September 21, 2011FMS: Taiwan Wants Retrofit of F-16A/B Aircraft
Monday, November 22, 2010US Navy Orders Additional Paveway II Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds
Monday, December 28, 2009FMS: UAE Seeks GBU-24, GBU-49, GBU-50 and BLU-109 Enhanced Guided Bomb Units

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