Maverick missiles head east

The US Air Force awarded Raytheon a $38.9 million Foreign Military Sales contract to produce an undisclosed number of AGM-65 Maverick missiles.

The US Air Force awarded Raytheon a $38.9 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to produce Maverick missiles.

The FMS contract includes AGM-65 infrared (IR) Maverick missiles, trainers and associated spares for Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Bahrain.

Maverick is a precision, air-to-ground missile that is used against small hard targets, armoured vehicles, surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites, and high value targets, such as ships, port facilities and communications centres.

Raytheon currently produces two versions of the IR Maverick: the AGM-65D and AGM-65G.

The AGM-65D variant has an imaging infrared guidance system. The IR seeker presents a TV-like image on the cockpit display as it senses small differences in heat energy between that radiated by target objects and the surrounding background. The AGM-65D Maverick missile also carries a 125-pound warhead.

The AGM-65G missile essentially uses the same guidance system with some software modifications that enables the missile to track larger targets. This variant carries the 300-pound blast fragmentation warhead with selected fuze delays.

Work is to be completed by December 2004 and will be performed primarily at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona.

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