US: The US Navy has awarded Raytheon Company a USD 49.5 million contract for production of new laser-guided Maverick missiles (AGM-65E2/L). The Navy also intends to exercise a contract option to purchase additional units bringing the total contract value to USD 54.9 million. The Maverick weapon system, a US Air Force (USAF)-led joint service programme, is a forward firing, precision-guided, close air support missile. Maverick is effective against a wide variety of fixed, stationary, moving and maneuvering land and sea targets.
"The Navy has an operational need for increasing its inventory of this lethal and combat proven weapon. Enhanced Laser Maverick enables warfighters to engage today's fast-moving, agile targets,” said Capt Albert Mousseau Jr., US Navy Programme Manager, PMA-242. The new Laser Maverick (AGM-65E2/L) includes enhancements like digital laser seeker; new software that reduces the risk of collateral damage and is upgradable based on customer needs; self, buddy and ground-based lasing capability for all platforms
"The enhanced Laser Maverick provides the US warfighter with even greater capabilities that will meet today's and tomorrow's threats. This is the latest step for this impressive weapon as we continue to work to ensure that future requirements are met,” said Mike Jarrett, Vice President, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems.