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USAF Joins US Navy And Marines In Using Raytheon's Laser-Guided Maverick In Combat Operations

Maverick is the most widely used precision-guided missile in the world.
by Staff Writers
Tucson AZ (SPX) Nov 01, 2007
The U.S. Air Force fired Raytheon's AGM-65E laser-guided Maverick missile in combat operations for the first time in June. Until now, only the Navy and Marine Corps have used the laser-guided version of the Maverick missile. The laser-guided Maverick has a combat-proven record of effectiveness and reliability against armored and moving surface targets in urban environments and during close air support missions.

Raytheon's laser-guided Maverick addresses a joint Air Force and Navy urgent operational need for a close air support weapon to defeat high-speed moving targets with minimal collateral damage.

To meet its long-term need for precision engagement of high-speed moving targets, the Air Force asked Raytheon to restart the laser-guided Maverick production line after a 15-year hiatus. The latest laser-guided Maverick will incorporate state-of-the-art seeker technology that is expected to improve on Maverick's proven combat record. Raytheon anticipates laser-guided Maverick production for the Air Force, Navy and international customers as early as 2009.

Maverick is the most widely used precision-guided missile in the world. Maverick has been upgraded to meet evolving threats and played a key role in recent conflicts.

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