Converting bombs into precision-guided weapons
The Paveway® laser-guided bomb has revolutionized tactical air-to-ground warfare by converting "dumb" bombs into precision-guided munitions. Paveway bombs comprised more than half the air-to-ground, precision-guided weapons used in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Unified Protector.
Newer versions of the Paveway bomb are equipped with global positioning and inertial navigation system capabilities. This innovation combines the accuracy and flexibility of traditional laser-guided weapons with the all-weather capability of GPS guidance. The result is decreased sortie counts and weapon inventory and an increased mission success rate.