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GBU-12 Paveway II  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1977
Total Production: ?
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin and Raytheon*   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Paveway
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1968
Total Production: 353,000
Family Members: EGBU-24 Paveway III, EGBU-27 Paveway III, GBU-10 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. United Kingdom's Royal Air Force (RAF) was the first operator to drop Paveway II bombs in combat during the conflict of the Falklands in 1982.

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.

Despite the original contractor for the Paveway II LGB bomb was Raytheon, Lockheed-Martin began assembly Paveway II laser guidance kits in the early years of the 21st century in support of the Global War on Terror and the military campaigns in Iraq (Iraqi Freedom 2003-20??) and Afghanistan (Enduring Freedom 2001). As of September 2005, Lockheed Martin had delivered more than 25,000 guidance kits for the GBU-10, GBU-12 and GBU-16 guided-precision bombs.

GBU-12 Paveway II Applications

Combat Aircraft A-10A Thunderbolt II A-10C Thunderbolt II AT-802U AV-8B Harrier II AV-8B Harrier II Plus Ching-Kuo F-111F Aardvark F-14D Tomcat F-15E Strike Eagle F-15K Slam Eagle F-16A Fighting Falcon F-16B Fighting Falcon F-16C Block 32 F-16C Block 40 F-16C Block 42 F-16C Block 50 F-16C Block 52 F-16C Fighting Falcon F-16D Block 32 F-16D Block 40 F-16D Block 42 F-16D Block 50 F-16D Block 52 F-16D Fighting Falcon F-16E Desert Falcon F-16F Desert Falcon F-16I Soufa F-35A Lightning II F-35B Lightning II F-35C Lightning II F/A-18A Hornet F/A-18B Hornet F/A-18C Hornet F/A-18D Hornet F/A-18E Super Hornet F/A-18F Super Hornet Mirage 2000-5 Mirage 2000D Mirage F1 MQ-9A Reaper Rafale B Rafale C Rafale M Reaper ER Su-30MKI Super Etendard Tornado Gr4 Tornado IDS

GBU-12 Paveway II Specifications

Diameter: 270 millimeter (10.6 inch)
Length: 3.33 meter (131 inch)
Wingspan: 1.32 meter (52 inch)
CEP: 9 meter
Max Range: 14,800 meter (7.99 nautical mile)
Warhead: 87 kilogram (192 pound)
Weight: 277 kilogram (611 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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GBU-12 Paveway II News

There are 59 news between
15 Apr 2003 and 19 Nov 2018
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Monday, November 19, 2018FMS: NATO Seeks 4,665 Precision Guided Munitions
Tuesday, April 24, 2018FMS: Netherlands Seeks F-16 Training in CONUS
Wednesday, April 4, 2018FMS: Slovakia Requests Sale of 14 F-16 Block 70/72 V Aircraft
Wednesday, November 29, 2017FMS: Singapore Requests Sale of 124 Laser Guided Bombs
Wednesday, October 25, 2017US Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin Contract for Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bombs
Tuesday, August 29, 2017Lockheed Martin Delivers 100,000th Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb
Friday, June 16, 2017Malaysia Su-30MKM Aircraft Drop GBU-12 Bombs Using Damocles Targeting Pod
Saturday, May 13, 2017Russian Air Force to Install SVN-24 Guidance System on Tu-22M3 Bombers
Thursday, May 11, 2017US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper Drones Get GBU-38 Bomb
Thursday, August 11, 2016FMS: NATO Requests Precision Guided Munitions

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