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The British military had wanted to deploy Raytheon's latest Paveway IV bombs in Afghanistan by September 2007, on board its newly-upgraded Harrier GR9 aircraft. Unfortunately, a recent MoD statement reveals that testing problems with the Thales UK's Aurora fuze have removed that option. Did that stop the British? No…
The contract is firm priced, meaning the contractors will bear the burden of any cost overruns.
How to get around the problems with Paveway-IV? By joining the Enhanced Computer Control Group from a Paveway-IV to an existing Paveway-II bomb. Integration of the new weapon, rig test, flight trials, weapon performance analysis and certification are all complete, and the hybrid weapon provides the UK's GR9A Harriers with an integrated precision bombing capability that will still work through clouds, dust storms, and other obscurants.