RSL awarded £120 million precision guided bomb contract

Raytheon Systems has been awarded £120 million by the UK Ministry of Defence to supply Paveway IV precision guided bombs to the Royal Air Force.

Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL) has been awarded £120 million by the UK Ministry of Defence to supply Paveway IV Precision Guided Bombs (PGB) to the Royal Air Force.

Raytheon’s Paveway IV is the latest generation of the Paveway family of precision guided munitions that Raytheon already supplies to the RAF.

‘By building on the Paveway legacy, Paveway IV will provide the RAF with a low risk, precision guided weapon built in the UK, and which will also be available for export from RSL to the global market, including the US,’ said Bob McIntyre, RSL’s Managing Director.

Paveway IV is a joint programme between RSL in the UK and Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) in Tucson, Arizona. RMS will provide systems engineering while RSL in Glenrothes, Scotland, will manufacture the guidance and control system as well as undertaking complete system integration.

Raytheon’s UK Paveway Team also includes Portsmouth Aviation Limited (tail and containers) and MBM Technology in Brighton (suspension interface and containers).

Thales Missile Electronics in Basingstoke will develop and manufacture the Multi-Event Hard Target Fuse, an ‘intelligent’ fuse with full cockpit interface. RSL in Harlow, Essex, will be responsible for programme management whilst RSL Bedford will provide in-service support.

It is anticipated that Paveway IV will enter service with the RAF in 2007.