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EGBU-27 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-24 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-27 is an Enhanced GBU-27 derivative though the addition of GPS/INS guidance. This new guidance package added to the original laser guidance package is intended to improve reliability and GBU-27's performance in adverse weather conditions. The EGBU-27 was first employed during operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Enhanced Paveway II bombs were tested during military campaigns such as Afghanistan and Balkans.

There are plans to add GPS/INS guidance packages to existing LGBs in the Armed Forces of the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK). The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) dropped more than 500 Enhanced Paveway bombs during operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan with excellent results. Next generation Paveway IV development builds upon success of Enhanced Paveway guidance kit.

EGBU-27 Paveway III Applications

Combat Aircraft Typhoon Typhoon T

EGBU-27 Paveway III Specifications

CEP: 9 meter
Max Range: 19,000 meter (10.3 nautical mile)
Target's Max Speed: 70 kph (0.06 mach)
Warhead: 550 kilogram (1,213 pound)
Weight: 944 kilogram (2,081 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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EGBU-27 Paveway III News

There are 3 news between
9 Jun 2008 and 13 Nov 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011Raytheon Develops Wireless Integration for Enhanced Paveway
Monday, November 22, 2010US Navy Orders Additional Paveway II Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds
Monday, June 9, 2008RAF Typhoon Multirole Fighter Aircraft Proves its Air-to-Ground Capability

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