WALTHAM, Mass., May 11 (UPI) -- U.S. company Raytheon received funding to continue its development of the next-generation guidance technology as part of the Maverick missile program.
Raytheon is under contract to develop enhanced laser seeker solutions and new software capabilities for the AGM-65E2/L Maverick laser-guided missile. The new U.S. Air Force funding is for development of the guidance and control section of the Maverick.
"The laser-guided Maverick is an ideal weapon for urban combat and high-speed maneuvering targets," Harry Schulte, Raytheon Missile System Air Warfare Systems product line vice president, said in a statement.
Raytheon said the contract also includes testing of the next-generation guidance-and-control section for the Maverick, a missile program integrated with 25 fighter aircraft used around the world.