Raytheon Awarded $47.8 Million Contract for 95 Infrared Maverick Units

Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a contract, worth around $47.8 million, for 95 infrared Maverick units.

This award is the result of a sole source-acquisition with the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, as the contracting activity. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) funds for the contract amount are being obligated at the time of award.

Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed by Oct. 19, 2023.

AGM-65 Maverick

The AGM-65 Maverick is a tactical, air-to-surface guided missile designed for close air support, interdiction and defense suppression mission. It provides stand-off capability and high probability of strike against a wide range of tactical targets, including armor, air defenses, ships, transportation equipment and fuel storage facilities.

The Maverick is a modular design weapon. A different combination of the guidance package and warhead can be attached to the common rocket motor propulsion section to produce a different weapon.

The Maverick has three different seekers and two different warheads. The seeker options are electro-optical (EO) imaging, imaging infrared (IR) or a laser guidance package. The warhead is in the missile’s center section. Either a 125-pound shaped-charge warhead or a 300-pound penetrator warhead can be used.

A contact fuse in the nose fires the shaped-charge warhead. The penetrator uses a delayed-fuse, allowing the warhead to penetrate the target with its kinetic energy before firing. The latter is very effective against large, hard targets.

The AGM-65 has a cylindrical body with long-chord delta wings and tail control surfaces mounted close to the trailing edge of the wing of the aircraft using it. The Maverick shares the same configuration as Hughes’s AIM-4 Falcon and AIM-54 Phoenix, and measures more than 2.4 m (8 ft) in length and 30 cm (12 in) in diameter.

A-10, F-15E and F-16 aircraft carry Mavericks. As many as six Mavericks can be carried by an aircraft, usually in three round, underwing clusters, allowing the pilot to engage several targets on one mission. The missile also has “launch-and-leave” capability that enables a pilot to fire it and immediately take evasive action or attack another target as the missile guides itself to the target. Mavericks can be launched from high altitudes to tree-top level and can hit targets ranging from a distance of a few thousand feet to 13 nautical miles at medium altitude.

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