TUCSON, Ariz., Jan. 24, 2012. The U.S. Navy completed developmental and operational testing (DT/OT) of the newest variant of the Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) laser-guided Maverick missile.
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During four DT/OT tests, Navy and Marine Corps aviators fired four AGM-65E2 laser-guided Maverick missiles at moving and stationary targets from F/A-18C/D Hornets, F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and AV-8B Harriers. During one test, an AGM-65E2 was fired from a Harrier and guided to a rapidly moving target via the laser designator of an AH-1Z Viper helicopter.
The laser-guided Maverick missile is a direct-attack, air-to-ground precision munition used by the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps in ongoing combat operations. The AGM-65E2/L has a laser seeker and new software that reduces the risk of collateral damage.