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First Series Of Laser-Guided Maverick Captive Flight Testing Completed

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Bengaluru, India (SPX) Feb 23, 2011
Raytheon has completed a series of initial captive carry flight tests of the AGM-65E2/L, the newest variant of the laser-guided Maverick missile.

The laser-guided Maverick missile is a direct-attack, air-to-ground precision munition used extensively by the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps in ongoing combat operations.

"The combat-proven, laser-guided Maverick is an ideal weapon for urban combat and high-speed maneuvering targets, both on land and at sea," said Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems Air Warfare Systems product line. "With more than 33 customers around the globe and certified on more than 25 aircraft, Maverick is clearly the warfighter's weapon of choice for direct-attack precision engagement."

The AGM-65E2/L will have an enhanced laser seeker and new software that reduces the risk of collateral damage and enables aircraft to use onboard, buddy and ground-based lasing to designate targets.

During the tests, which took place in the fourth quarter of 2010, the Maverick's laser seeker locked on to a variety of stationary and moving targets from distances as far as 28 kilometers (18 statute miles). The tests were conducted on the F/A-18, F-16, and A-10C fighter aircraft.



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