GBU-58 Paveway  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2011
Total Production: 1,000
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-49 Paveway II, GBU-50 Paveway II 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 42 nations worldwide have ordered Paveway bombs to integrate on more than 17 aircraft types with more than 350,000 kits produced and delivered so far.

The GBU-58 Paveway is a 250-pound laser-guided bomb intended for light attack aircraft such as Hawker-Beechcraft AT-6 used for counter-insurgency operations. The smaller warhead provides reduced collateral damage. The GBU-58 was deployed in combat in 2011 during NATO air strikes over Libya carried out by the French Navy's Super Etendard aircraft. Besides, the weapon was also integrated on the Mirage III fighter aircraft.

GBU-58 Paveway Applications

Combat Aircraft AT-802U Mirage III Super Etendard T-6A Texan II T-6B Texan II

GBU-58 Paveway Specifications

Weight: 250 pound (113 kilogram)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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GBU-58 Paveway News

There are 4 news between
18 Jun 2011 and 30 May 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013Undisclosed Customer Orders GBU-12 and GBU-58 Paveway Bombs
Thursday, March 29, 2012Raytheon Completes Production of 1,000th GBU-58 Laser-Guided Paveway Bomb
Tuesday, October 11, 2011AT-6 Light Attack Aircraft Successfully Deploys Precision-Guided Munitions
Saturday, June 18, 2011Raytheon Re-Introduces 250-Pound Paveway Precision-Guided Munition

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