Sept. 10 – The U.S. Air Force has exercised a $9.2 million production contract option with Raytheon Company to produce 301 AGM-65K Maverick missile guidance and control sections. Work on the option will occur primarily at Raytheon’s Missile Systems business unit in Tucson, Ariz., and run through December 2004.
The Air Force’s upgrade program is creating two new versions of the AGM-65: the 65H, which carries a 125-pound shaped charge warhead, and the 65K,with a 300-pound blast fragmentation warhead with selected fuze delay.
Maverick is a precision, air-to-ground missile that is used against small hard targets, armored vehicles, surface-to-air missile sites, and high- value targets such as ships, port facilities and communications centers. The missile has launch-and-leave capability to enable the pilot to lock onto the target, launch the Maverick and then take evasive action.
The charge-coupled-device (CCD) sensors used on the AGM-65H/K increases
Maverick’s reliability and service life. The CCD sensor permits the AGM-65H/K to operate in lower light levels than the older TV sensors used in the current AGM-65 A and B missiles and extends the engagement range by two to three times over today’s AGM-65 A and B missiles.