Guided Bomb Unit-10 (GBU-10)Paveway II
The Guided Bomb Unit-10 (GBU-10) utilizes the 2,000-pound general purpose orpenetrating warhead. The operator illuminates a target with a laser designator and thenthe munition guides to a spot of laser energy reflected from the target. The GBU-10consists of an MK-84 2,000 pound bomb with an added laser guidance package. TheGBU-1OI mates a BLU-109B weapon with a Paveway II laser guidance kit. Thisimproved 2,000-pound bomb is used against targets requiring deeper penetration.The munition was used during Operation Desert Storm, and, according to the Air Force,hit 78 percent of its targets. In Operation Desert Storm, GBU-10/10Is were usedextensivelyby F-15Es and F-111Fs mainly against bridges, Scuds, C3I (command,control, communications, intelligence) nodes, and bunkers. Of the 2,637 expended,'44over one- third were dropped by F-111Fs, and the rest by F-117s, F-15Es, and Navy andMarine Corps aircraft.There are two generations of GBU-10 LGBs: Paveway I with fixed wings and Paveway IIwith folding wings. Paveway II models have the following improvements: detector opticsand housing made of injec- tion-molded plastic to reduce weight and cost; increaseddetector sensitiv- ity; reduced thermal battery delay after release; increased maximumcanard deflection; laser coding; folding wings for carriage, and increased detector field of view. (Paveway II's instantaneous field of view is thirty percent greater than that of thePaveway I's field of view).