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Navy to Attack ISIS With Upgraded Laser-Guided Maverick Missile


U.S. Navy F/A-18 fighter jets will soon be targeting and destroying ISIS targets with upgraded laser-guided Maverick missiles engineered to pinpoint maneuvering or fast-moving targets, service officials said.

The AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missile, in service since the Vietnam era and now made by Raytheon Co., is receiving an upgraded laser-seeker along with new software configurations to better enable it to hit targets on the run, they said.

The upgraded weapon is currently configured to fire from Air Force's F-16 Fighting Falcon jets and A-10 Thunderbolt II attack planes, as well as the Navy's AV-8B Harrier jump jets and F/A-18 Hornets.

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