EGBU-24 Paveway III  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2003
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Enhanced Paveway III and EP3
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Raytheon
Parent System: Paveway
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1968
Total Production: 353,000
Family Members: 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-48 Paveway II, GBU-49 Paveway II, GBU-50 Paveway II, GBU-58 Paveway and Paragon
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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 Paveway III laser guided bombs represent the third generation of LGBs and provide optimum operational flexibility through the use of an adaptive digital auto-pilot, large field of regard, and a highly sensitive seeker. They adapt to release conditions, flying the appropriate midcourse and correcting the trajectory to provide enhanced warhead effectiveness.

The EGBU-24 Enhanced Paveway III consists of a MK-84 2,000 pound (1,000 kg) bomb with a dual-mode guidance package that has been designed to effectively operate in all-weather conditions. The MK-84 bomb can be replaced by a BLU-109 warhead and eventually by other penetration bombs. The E/GBU-24 was designed to engage targets in low altitude and with greater standoff ranges delivery conditions. The E/GBU-24 has larger wings for enhanced maneuverability.

EGBU-24 Paveway III News

There are 4 news between
28 Dec 2009 and 13 Nov 2011
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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