GBU-48 Paveway II  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2001
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: EGBU-16 Paveway II, Enhanced Paveway II and EP2
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-27 Paveway III, GBU-28 Bunker Buster, GBU-28C/B, 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 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 1,000 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.

The Enhanced Paveway II EGBU-16 is a dual-mode guided bomb designed to effectively operate in all-weather conditions. Laser-guided GBU-16s can only operate in optimal weather conditions endangers the laser beam which guides the bomb through its intended target. EGBU-16s, which were introduced in 2001 during operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, relies on semi-active laser guidance and Global Positioning System (GPS) aided inertial guidance system to seamlessly hit the target. The GPS guides the bomb in poor weather conditions and laser guidance aides engaging mobile targets of opportunity.

The EGBU-16 bomb was employed successfully during military operations in Afghanistan (Enduring Freedom 2001) and Iraq (Iraqi Freedom 2003) by the United States Air Force. The same weapon was selected by the armed forces of Spain. As of May 2005, the EGBU-16 Enhanced Paveway II has been integrated onto the Tornado, Harrier and Super Etendard aircraft. Integration is under way on the F-16, F/A-18, AMX fighter/bomber, F-35 and Eurofighter aircraft. In May 2005, the Enhanced Paveway II bomb was undergoing integration on the F/A-18 aircraft on behalf of the US Navy at China Lake Test Range, California.

GBU-48 Paveway II Specifications

Performance
CEP: 9 meter
Max Range: 14,800 meter (7.99 nautical mile)
Speed
Target's Max Speed: 70 kph (0.06 mach)
Weight
Weight: 1,000 pound (454 kilogram)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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GBU-48 Paveway II News

There are 8 news between
14 Oct 2008 and 9 May 2016
Monday, May 9, 2016US Air Force Awards Contract for Paveway II Guided Bombs Production
Monday, November 16, 2015FMS: Saudi Arabia Requests Thousands of Guided Bombs
Wednesday, July 3, 2013RAF Typhoon Releases Paveway IV Bomb during Integration Flight Test
Thursday, June 20, 2013Next Generation of Enhanced Paveway II Provides Improved Capability, Performance
Sunday, November 13, 2011Raytheon Develops Wireless Integration for Enhanced Paveway
Monday, November 22, 2010US Navy Orders Additional Paveway II Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds
Wednesday, April 1, 2009EADS Successfully Performs Eurofighter AMRAAM Weapon Trials in Spain
Tuesday, October 14, 2008GBU-48 Enhanced Paveway II Completes Integration on Spanish Air Force F/A-18A/B Aircraft

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