Laser-Guided Maverick Cleared for Operational Testing

The Air Force has completed developmental testing on the next-generation direct-attack, air-to-ground laser-guided precision Maverick missile. Raytheon’s AGM-65 E2/L missile, which includes an enhanced laser seeker and new software package designed to reduce collateral damage, is now clear to enter operational testing. The Navy is expected to complete its flight testing this summer. “The joint testing community conducted a series of demanding tests, including two where the missile contended with targets at 65 and 72 [miles per hour],” said Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems’ Air Warfare Systems product line, in a company release. “As we begin OT, the warfighter will have an opportunity to put the new laser-guided Maverick through its paces, clearing the way for entry into the inventory of the US and its international partners.” The Air Force and Navy conducted aircraft integration, laboratory, and flight tests on the A-10, F-16, AV-8B, and F/A-18 aircraft. The Air Force also conducted three live-fire shots against moving and static targets from an A-10 and F-16 fighter.