by Staff Writers
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 24, 2011
Raytheon is re-introducing its 250-pound Paveway laser-guided precision munition to the warfighter inventory. Raytheon's combat-proven Paveway is a kit that transforms "dumb" bombs into precision guided weapons.
The 250-pound weapon, which is now designated the GBU-58, is currently undergoing testing on the Hawker-Beechcraft AT-6 and other counter-insurgency aircraft. GBU-58 is currently integrated on the Super Entendard and the Mirage 3.
The Paveway family of weapons is integrated on more than 17 aircraft in 42 countries, and Raytheon has delivered more than 350,000 of the systems.
"Warfighters around the world have asked for smaller precision-guided munitions to reduce collateral damage and the GBU-58 is Raytheon's solution because it has unmatched standoff capability and flexible warhead options," said Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Air Warfare Systems product line.
"With thousands of combat uses, Raytheon's Paveway family of weapons is the most frequently employed and cost effective direct-attack precision guided weapon on the market."
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Russian fighter jet crashes on test flight, killing two
Moscow (AFP) June 23, 2011
A fighter jet crashed in southern Russia on Thursday during a test flight, killing the two pilots and prompting the defence ministry to suspend the plane from use during an investigation. The MiG-29 jet flown by experienced pilots went off the radar at around 1645 and crashed in the Astrakhan region around 43 kilometres from the town of Akhtubinsk, the defence ministry said. The command ... read more
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