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Raytheon To Replenish U.K. Supply of Precision Guided Bombs

Mar. 16, 2012 - 09:48AM   |  
By ANDREW CHUTER   |   Comments
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LONDON — Stocks of Royal Air Force Paveway IV precision guided bombs are being replenished in a 60 million pound ($94.8 million) deal with the weapons developer Raytheon Systems.

The weapon was used by the RAF on its Panavia Tornado GR4 strike aircraft during the recent mission against Moammar Gaddhafi’s regime in Libya. It is also fitted on British jets deployed in Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defence made the decision to award the contract in late December but only signed the deal this year.

The latest version of the family of weapons, Paveway IV was developed specifically for the U.K. It is fitted with the Mk82 500lb warhead and has GPS and laser guidance systems.

The U.K. continues to use earlier versions of the Paveway family on Tornado and Eurofighter Typhoon jets.

The contract is the second missile replenishment deal struck by the MoD as a result of the Libyan conflict.

Last August the MoD announced it had contracted with Raytheon rival MBDA to replenish stocks of its Dual Mode Brimstone missile. The MoD had previously replenished stocks of the multirole close-air support weapon in December 2010.

NATO was widely criticized because air-launched weapon stocks ran low among some air forces during the Libyan campaign.

A spokeswomen for the MoD said the cost of British weapons replenishment in the wake of the Libyan was announced in October at 140 million pounds, including the Paveway IV deal.

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