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Weapon - Bombs - GBU-12 Paveway II

Weapon Stats:

Length: 3.28 m, 10.75 ft
Weight: 363 kg, 800 lb
Explosives: MK-82 Blast/Fragmentation
Contents: Semi-Active Laser (man-in-the-loop)
Gripen C, Gripen D

GBU-12 Paveway II

Status: Current
Category: Bombs

The GBU-12 Paveway II is an American guidance kit, turning a Mk 82 500-pound general-purpose bomb into a laser-guided air-to-ground "smart" bomb. The kit consists of a nose-mounted laser seeker and tail fins for guidance and control.

A high degree of accuracy is achieved when an operator (either airborne or ground-based) illuminates a target with a laser designator. The bomb is then guided to a spot of laser energy reflected from the target. When a target is illuminated by a laser, the guidance fins react to signals from the laser seeker in the nose and steers the weapon to the target. Wings on the tail provides lift and the aerodynamic stability necessary for in-flight maneuvering.

The SAAF has already ordered the Rafael/Zeiss Litening III laser designation pod (LDP) for use on the Gripen C single-seat and D dual-seat fighters.

The Gripen has already been cleared to use the Litening III with the GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided bomb. This provides Gripens with a full night-attack/all-weather precision guided munition (PGM) capability.

According to Raytheon's fact sheet for the Paveway 2, 99 deliveries of guided munitions will yield a circular error probable (CEP) of only 3.6 feet, versus a CEP of 310 feet for 99 unguided bombs dropped under similar conditions.


GBU-12 Paveway II