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Paveway-IV Hits Trouble in Britain

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posted on Dec, 10 2007 @ 09:32 AM

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…

so theres a problem - but the beuty (and the massive difference) between US and UK programmes:

The contract is firm priced, meaning the contractors will bear the burden of any cost overruns.

They messed it up so they fix it.

Paveway IV at present hasn`t been selected by the USA - they are pushing ahead with small diameter bombs and JDAM so its a UK lead programme.

mod edit: fixed spelling error in the title and changed quote tags to external quote tags.

[edit on 10-12-2007 by UK Wizard]

posted on Dec, 11 2007 @ 02:53 AM
Harlequin, this apparently ad hoc solution is a direct result of the only thing this Labour governmen t has ever got right for our military.

In the old days, if a programe run over budget or out of time - as in the ongoing Nimrod fiasco, the taxpayer foot the bill or it came directly out of the next years budget.

Now if the same situation arose as was the case with the Paveway, its the contractor who now pays the bill.

And, IMO, high time they did so.

posted on Dec, 13 2007 @ 07:18 AM
Until the fuse problem gets fixed they have an interim solution

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.

The hybrids are now ready to use.

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