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First international contract for Paveway IV

17th April 2014 - 09:04 GMT | by Beth Maundrill in London


Raytheon has received a contract valued at more than $200 million from an undisclosed international customer for the Paveway IV precision guided bomb, it was announced on 11 April. 

This contract signifies the first sale of the Paveway IV outside of the UK. ‘This contact is an export boost to the UK. It will help support hundreds of manufacturing and engineering jobs at Raytheon’s facilities and in the supply chain across the UK,’ Richard Daniel, chief executive of Raython UK, said. 

‘Paveway IV has delivered considerable operational capability to the UK and allied forces in numerous military operations,’ Daniel added. 

Paveway IV has been operational with the Harrier GR6 since 2008 and with the Tornado GR4 since 2009. It has been described as the ‘UK Royal Air Force weapon-of-choice’ for its air-to-surface bombing capability. 

The Paveway IV is the latest generation of the Paveway family and features dual-mode guidance. It uses second-generation GPS aided inertial navigation which incorporates anti-spoofing and anti-jamming technology. Bombs which have been equipped with the Paveway kits have been used by 43 customers. 

Paveway IV is a joint programme between Raytheon UK in the U.K. and Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) in Tucson, Arizona. The system is developed in Harlow and the advanced guidance system produced in Glenrothes. 

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