BAE completes first multiple Paveway IV release from RAF Typhoon
BAE Systems has successfully completed the first multiple release of the Paveway IV precision-guided munitions from a Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role combat aircraft.
Undertaken in collaboration with the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) and Raytheon UK, the trials witnessed simultaneous release of two Paveway IV bombs from an RAF Typhoon to multiple targets.
Designated BT017, the aircraft was equipped with the Phase 1 Enhancements package (P1Eb), which implements full air-to-surface capability onto the Typhoon Tranche 2 aircraft.
Specifically, the tests demonstrated the full air-to-surface capability of the P1Eb product, with the Paveway IV weapon, including self-designation with laser guidance to the target and GPS-only guided releases.
BAE Systems Typhoon test pilot Steve Formoso said: “What this trial has demonstrated is the ability of Typhoon armed with Paveway IV to attack multiple targets.
“The drop was part of a programme proving the latest P1Eb upgrade for the RAF Typhoon fleet.
“P1Eb standard Typhoons can carry up to six Paveway IV weapons which can be released simultaneously against multiple targets.”
UK Ministry of Defence Equipment and Support Organisation FAST Capability Acquisition deputy head Sean Cutler said: “P1Eb allows Typhoon to begin realising its air-to-ground capability using Paveway IV, while also delivering in the air-to-air arena.
“Our ability to switch between air-to-air and air-to-ground modes is a big step, providing flexibility for our pilots on operations.
“This is a key step to delivering capability for the UK’s Interim Force 15.”
The trial follows an earlier series of flight testing that were aimed at fully exploiting the Paveway IV weapon with the Typhoon, delivering an effective air-to-surface capability.
Manufactured by Raytheon, the Paveway IV is a dual mode GPS/INS and laser guided bomb designed to provide the aircraft with a 24-hour precision bombing capability. This allows it to defeat a wide range of general-purpose targets with minimum collateral damage in all-weather conditions.
Source: 5 November 2014 (airforce-technology.com)