·Mavericks add punch to RAF Raytheon is to supply AGM-65G2 infra-red Maverick air-to-surface missiles to the UK Royal Air Force, to improve the precision attack capability of its BAE Systems Harrier GR.Mk 7s. Viewed by many frontline aircrew as a useful Paveway II laser guided bomb replacement, Maverick offers superior low-level stand-off capability. The weapon will help make good precision guided munitions stocks following the campaign in Kosovo, and will effectively replace Paveway II laser-guided bombs and the Hunting BL755 cluster bombs previously used in the anti-tank role, but now considered unlikely to penetrate modern tank armour. There is thus an urgent need for an interim anti-armour weapon pending the introduction of the BAE Systems Brimstone.Ç UK defence plans:

Source: Flight Daily News