Raytheon to provide guidance systems for 5,000-pound smart bombs

TUCSON, Ariz., 25 Oct. 2005. Engineers at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Ariz., are set to build 140 Guided Bomb Unit-28C/B guidance control units and tail kits under terms of an $18.5 million contract modification awarded Oct. 18.

TUCSON, Ariz., 25 Oct. 2005. Engineers at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Ariz., are set to build 140 Guided Bomb Unit-28C/B guidance control units and tail kits under terms of an $18.5 million contract modification awarded Oct. 18.

The Guided Bomb Unit-28C/B, or Enhanced Paveway IU, provides the Air Force with an improved aerial delivery capability for the 5000-Pound class BLU-122 warhead.

The guidance system has global positioning system-aided laser guidance that is compatible with F-15E and B-2A jet bombers.

The GBU-28C/B, with BLU-122 warhead, will improve the lethality, survivability, and penetration over the previously produced GBU-28B/B weapon system, U.S. Air Force officials say.

Work will be finished in May 2007. Awarding the contract are officials of the Air Force Air Armament Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The contract number is FA8681-05-C-0075/P00008.

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