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GBU-49 Paveway II  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2001
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: EGBU-12 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-48 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-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.

The Enhanced Paveway II EGBU-12 is a dual-mode guided bomb designed to effectively operate in all-weather conditions. Laser-guided GBU-12s can only operate in optimal weather conditions endangers the laser beam which guides the bomb through its intended target. EGBU-12s, 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-12 was employed successfully during military operations in Afghanistan (Enduring Freedom 2001) and Iraq (Iraqi Freedom 2003) by the US Air Force and the armed forces of the United Kingdom. The same weapon was selected by the armed forces of Denmark and Spain as well as other international customers not disclosed yet (France?). As of May 2005, the EGBU-12 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-49 Paveway II Applications

Combat Aircraft F-16C Block 72 F-16D Block 72 F-35A Lightning II F-35B Lightning II F-35C Lightning II Mirage 2000D Mirage 2000N MQ-9A Reaper Rafale M Reaper ER Super Etendard Typhoon Typhoon T

GBU-49 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)
Target's Max Speed: 70 kph (0.06 mach)
Warhead: 87 kilogram (192 pound)
Weight: 277 kilogram (611 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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GBU-49 Paveway II News

There are 35 news between
8 Nov 2005 and 3 May 2019
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Friday, May 3, 2019FMS: Bahrain Wants Weapons to Support F-16 Block 70 and F-16V Aircraft Fleet
Monday, March 25, 2019FMS: Morocco Seeks 25 F-16C/D Block 72 Multi-Role Fighters
Monday, November 19, 2018FMS: NATO Seeks 4,665 Precision Guided Munitions
Wednesday, April 4, 2018FMS: Slovakia Requests Sale of 14 F-16 Block 70/72 V Aircraft
Tuesday, December 5, 2017NATO Countries Order 3,000 Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds
Thursday, August 11, 2016FMS: NATO Requests Precision Guided Munitions
Monday, May 9, 2016US Air Force Awards Contract for Paveway II Guided Bombs Production
Wednesday, November 4, 2015FMS: Italy Wants to Weaponize its MQ-9 Reaper Reconnaissance Drones
Thursday, May 7, 2015FMS: Singapore Seeks F-16 Block 52 Upgrade Program
Tuesday, January 14, 2014FMS: Singapore Requests F-16C/D Block 52 Upgrade

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