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GBU-24 Paveway III  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: ?
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, EGBU-27 Paveway III, GBU-10 Paveway II, GBU-12 Paveway II, GBU-16 Paveway II, 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 GBU-24 consists of a MK-84 2,000 pound (1,000 kg) bomb with an improved laser guidance package. The MK-84 bomb can be replaced by a BLU-109 warhead and eventually by other penetration bombs. The GBU-24 was designed to engage targets in low altitude and with greater standoff ranges delivery conditions. The GBU-24 has larger wings for enhanced maneuverability.

GBU-24 Paveway III Applications

Combat Aircraft F-14D Tomcat F-15E Strike Eagle F-15K Slam Eagle F-15SA F-15SG 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/A-18E Super Hornet F/A-18F Super Hornet Mirage 2000D Mirage 2000N Rafale B Rafale M Tornado Gr4 Tornado IDS

GBU-24 Paveway III Specifications

CEP: 9 meter
Max Range: 19,000 meter (10.3 nautical mile)
Warhead: 429 kilogram (946 pound)
Weight: 944 kilogram (2,081 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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GBU-24 Paveway III News

There are 14 news between
21 Jul 2004 and 8 Sep 2017
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Friday, September 8, 2017FMS: Bahrain Requests Upgrade of F-16 Block 40 Aircraft to F-16V Configuration
Wednesday, January 20, 2016FMS: Iraq Requests Weapons Package for its F-16 Aircraft Fleet
Monday, November 16, 2015FMS: Saudi Arabia Requests Thousands of Guided Bombs
Thursday, November 5, 2015FMS: United Arab Emirates Seeks Joint Direct Attack Munitions
Tuesday, May 19, 2015FMS: Israel Seeks 29,350 JDAM and Paveway Bombs, 3,000 Hellfire Missiles and 250 AIM-120C Missiles
Monday, December 12, 2011FMS: Iraq Requests Sale of a Second Batch of 18 F-16C/D Aircraft
Thursday, January 20, 2011Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Orders Paveway Guided Bombs from Raytheon
Wednesday, October 20, 2010FMS: Saudi Arabia Requests Sale of up to 96 New and 70 Upgraded F-15SA Aircraft
Wednesday, September 15, 2010FMS: Iraq Requests Sale of 18 F-16IQ Jet Aircraft
Friday, July 11, 2008FMS: Morocco Seeks AIM-120C, AIM-9M, AGM-88C, AGM-65D/G/H, JDAM and Laser-Guided Munitions

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