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GBU-16 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-12 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-16 Paveway II consists of a MK-83 1000 pound (500 kg) bomb with an added laser guidance package. It can engage the same targets engaged by the GBU-10s but minimizing potential collateral damage.

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-16 Paveway II Applications

Combat Aircraft A-10A Thunderbolt II A-10C Thunderbolt II AV-8B Harrier II AV-8B Harrier II Plus 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 Block 72 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 Block 72 F-16D Fighting Falcon F-16E Desert Falcon F-16F Desert Falcon F-16I Soufa 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 Jaguar Sea Harrier F/A.2 Tornado Gr4 Tornado IDS Typhoon Typhoon T

GBU-16 Paveway II Specifications

Diameter: 360 millimeter (14.2 inch)
Length: 3.68 meter (145 inch)
Wingspan: 1.61 meter (63 inch)
CEP: 9 meter
Max Range: 14,800 meter (7.99 nautical mile)
Warhead: 202 kilogram (445 pound)
Weight: 495 kilogram (1,091 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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GBU-16 Paveway II News

There are 19 news between
21 Jul 2004 and 26 Feb 2020
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Wednesday, February 26, 2020FMS: Tunisia Requests Sale of Four AT-6C Wolverine Light Attack Aircraft
Thursday, September 12, 2019FMS: Morocco Wants Additional F-16 Ammunition
Monday, March 25, 2019FMS: Morocco Seeks 25 F-16C/D Block 72 Multi-Role Fighters
Tuesday, August 29, 2017Lockheed Martin Delivers 100,000th Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb
Monday, May 9, 2016US Air Force Awards Contract for Paveway II Guided Bombs Production
Wednesday, October 28, 2015Follow-on Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb Contract Awarded to Lockheed Martin
Tuesday, May 19, 2015FMS: Israel Seeks 29,350 JDAM and Paveway Bombs, 3,000 Hellfire Missiles and 250 AIM-120C Missiles
Wednesday, November 28, 2012International Customer Orders Paveway II Munitions
Wednesday, October 17, 2012Lockheed Martin Receives Contract for Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb Kits
Thursday, July 22, 2010South Africa Purchases Paveway II Laser Guided Bombs

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