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Paveway wireless integration developed

Nov. 15, 2011 at 9:12 AM   |   Comments

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Raytheon reports it has completed testing and development of a wireless method of integrating its Enhanced Paveway precision-guided bomb on aircraft.

The new integration tool, called WiPak, uses wireless technology similar to what is being used in many consumer wireless devices such as tablet computers.

WiPak consists of a small wireless transmitter and pilot interface in the aircraft cockpit, and a small receiver affixed to the Paveway weapon.

"WiPak enables integration of Paveway on a variety of aircraft previously unable to carry the weapon, and WiPak does so without modifying aircraft wiring or changing flight and stores management software," said Harry Schulte, Raytheon Missile Systems' vice president of Air Warfare Systems. "With WiPak, aviators can easily and quickly employ Paveway for a small fraction of what it would cost to integrate Paveway through traditional means."

Raytheon has integrated WiPak on the Embraer Super Tucano counter-insurgency aircraft and is in the process of testing and deploying the system on similar aircraft.

The combat-proven Paveway is a kit that transforms "dumb" bombs into precision-guided weapons. Paveway II and Paveway III are laser-guidance kits, while the Enhanced Paveway II, Enhanced Paveway III and Paveway IV use both laser and GPS guidance.

Raytheon made the announcement from the Dubai Air Show.

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