The munitions combine a the laser seeker
with GPS guidance system to precision bomb targets, with the direction controllable until impact from the cockpit of a fighter jet.
In , the stability tracking principle of rate gyroscope-stabilized laser seeker
was investigated; the stability of the seeker load is high, and the reaction speed is fast.
Essentially dumb bombs augmented with a semi-active stabilized laser seeker
unit on the nose, coupled to a Computer Control Group (CCG) containing guidance and control electronics, a battery, and a pneumatic control augmentation system.
The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) is a 2.75-inch-diameter (7-centimeter) rocket with a laser seeker
The SAL is a laser seeker
, which allows the system to beam-ride reflected laser energy.
Inherent problems associated with laser targeting, including a phenomenon called "backscatter" in which some of the laser energy is reflected back from the target thus confusing the laser seeker
. As a result, the Hellfire may lock onto a nearby cloud or smoke instead of the actual target.
"The combat-proven Maverick is integrated on more than 25 aircraft in 33 nations, and we hope to have the newest addition to the Maverick family available for export soon." The laser-guided Maverick will have an enhanced laser seeker
and new software, reducing the risk of collateral damage and enabling aviators to use onboard aircraft lasers to designate targets.
The laser version of the JDAM adds a laser seeker
to the nose of the JDAM-equipped bomb, which improves its ability to accurately engage moving targets.
The missile uses a semi-active laser seeker
, so once it is locked on to a target it is near impossible to block or jam, said Thales.
The XM 1111 Mid-Range Munition will use an imaging infrared sensor and digital semi-active laser seeker
. The company reported the contract will be handled by Raytheon's operations in Tucson, Ariz.
The gliding munition was designed to kill armored vehicles using GPS-aided navigation and a semi-active laser seeker
The jointly manned JDAM Squadron is also working with the Department of the Navy to add a laser seeker
to the weapon.