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Laser-guided Bomb LGB-24B/B

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The Paveway III Laser-Guided Bombs (LGB) are the third generation laser-guided bombs. The LGB concept, originally proven in combat in Southeast Asia with the introduction of the Paveway I, was validated again during Operations Desert Storm in Iraq in 1991 and Allied Force in Kosovo in 1999. This unit, Paveway III, or LGB-24B/B, provides optimum operational flexibility through use of an adaptive digital autopilot, large field-of-view, and highly sensitive seeker. The GBU-24B/B Paveway III is a converted BLU-109A/B 2000-lb class bomb designated as a hard target penetrator. The components required for conversion are the fuze, airfoil group, FZU generator, adapter group, and guidance and control unit. The heavy walled case of the bomb provides the penetration capability of 4 to 6 feet of reinforced concrete. The GBU-24B/B has a thermal protective coating provided to the surface of the bomb to extend the cookoff time because is it used aboard ships.

The Low Level Laser Guided Bomb (LLLGB) concept was developed in response to sophisticated enemy air defenses, poor visibility, and to counter limitations in low ceilings. The weapon is designed for low altitude delivery and with a capability for improved standoff ranges to reduce exposure of the delivery aircraft. This weapon has a low-level standoff capability of more than 10 nautical miles. The operator illuminates a target with a laser designator and then the munition guides to a spot of laser reflected energy from the target. In the 1991 gulf war, over 1100 GBU-24s were released, all from Air Force F-111Fs. In 1996 the Navy conducted tests of the F-14A Tomcat with the GBU-24B/B Hard Target Penetrator as part of an air-to-ground development program to support clearance for use of the weapon with the Tomcat. The Tomcat has since retired, but the F-18 aircraft can use the weapon.

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