The GBU-24 Paveway III is a smart bomb developed and produced by Raytheon Company. It entered service with the US Air Force in 1983 and was first used in combat in the 1991 Gulf War. It was also used in surgical bombing of Iraqi military targets in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. It is dropped from F-16, F-15, Panavia Tornado, and Rafale multirole fighter aircraft.

Being a laser-guided bomb, the GBU-24 Paveway is an extremely accurate weapon as it is capable of entering a building through windows and ventilation shafts. Since is not rocket-propelled, it has a maximum range of only 12 miles. Its warhead consists of a BLU-109 or a BLU-116 anti-bunker bombs equipped with a laser seeker head and stabilizing fins.

Specifications

Type: guided bomb

Length: 4.32 m (14 ft 2 in)

Diameter: 37 cm (14.6 in)

Weight: 907 kg (2,000 lb)

GBU-24 Paveway III Test Drop (Video)

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