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GBU-27 Paveway III  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1987
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-24 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-27 Paveway III is a modified GBU-24 (BLU-109 penetrator) bomb modified for delivery by the F-117A Nighthawk. It is suitable against very hardened targets such as bunkers.

GBU-27 Paveway III Applications

Combat Aircraft F-117A Nighthawk F-14D Tomcat 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 Tornado Gr4 Tornado IDS

GBU-27 Paveway III Specifications

CEP: 9 meter
Max Range: 19,000 meter (10.3 nautical mile)
Warhead: 550 kilogram (1,213 pound)
Weight: 944 kilogram (2,081 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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