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Using Laser guided GBU Paveway UAV destroy three Russian IFV

Today, using GBU Paveway II Bomb , at least three Russian BMP-1/2 IFV was destroyed by Ukrainian drones after drone followed them to their gathering point where other equipment also were destroyed.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine have destroyed three Russian infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The Centre for Strategic Communications (StratCom) posted a relevant video on Telegram, Ukrinform reports.

StratCom said that three enemy IFVs at once were destroyed by soldiers of the 14th Separate Mechanize Brigade.

As reported by Ukrinform, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have eliminated about 43,000 Russian invaders since February 24.

Note: this video is a simulation for real event.

Paveway II laser-guided bombs use what is known as “bang bang” guidance. This means the bomb’s fins deflect fully, rather than proportionally when it is attempting to guide to the laser spot. For example, if it sees the laser spot and determines that it should make a change it deflects its fins until it has over-corrected and then it deflects back the opposite direction, creating a sinusoidal type of flight path. This type of guidance may be less efficient at times, however is more cost-effective and allows the use of simpler electronics in the guidance system.

The GBU-12 Paveway II is an American aerial laser-guided bomb, based on the Mk 82 500-pound (227 kg) general-purpose bomb, but with the addition of a nose-mounted laser seeker and fins for guidance. A member of the Paveway series of weapons, Paveway II entered into service c. 1976. It is currently in service with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and various other air forces.

The US Department of Defense has upgraded GBU-12 production versions to include GPS guidance modes. Lockheed Martin is the sole source for US Navy purchases of this version. Raytheon sells upgraded GBU-12s to the US Government and 23 other nations. Laser-guided bombs are often labeled “smart bombs” because they are able to follow a non-ballistic trajectory when laser designation of the intended target is undertaken. According to Raytheon’s fact sheet for the Paveway 2, 99 deliveries of guided munitions will yield a circular error probable (CEP) of only 3.6 feet (1.1 m), versus a CEP of 310 feet (94 m) for 99 unguided bombs dropped under similar conditions.