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Navy to Deploy Raytheon Precision-Guided Missiles for Anti-Islamic State Campaign

MissileDefenseThe U.S. Navy is acquiring 566 AGM-65E2/L Maverick laser-guided weapon systems from Raytheon to support counterterrorism operations against the Islamic State group, Scout Warrior reported Thursday.

Kris Osborn writes the Navy will deploy the Maverick air-to-ground missile systems for the Operation Inherent Resolve campaign against the militant group.

The AGM-65E2/L‘s precision technology is intended to aid in coalition air bombing efforts as military officials believe IS fighters have blended in with civilians, Osborn wrote.

Raytheon was awarded a potential $54.9 million Navy contract in October 2014 to deliver updated Maverick missiles that are designed to engage fast-moving targets, minimize collateral damage and support deployment from A-10, F/A-18, AV-8 and F-16 aircraft platforms.

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