Pave Penny is a passive laser tracker which uses reflected laser energy to give the pilot precise target location. It uses a cockpit-selectable four-digit code and can use either a ground or airborne designator. Pave Penny is used by A-10 and A-7 aircraft. The current Pave Penny laser spot seeker is becoming unreliable and unsupportable. Current employment ranges for the primary ordnance of the A-10, the GAU-8 30mm Gatling gun and the AGM-65 Maverick missiles, are beyond the range of the Pave Penny system.
|Description:||Pod contained laser seeker and tracker.|
|Function:|| To receive laser energy and provide cockpit
head-up steering to source of reflected energy.|
Can provide A-7 automated release.
|Employment:||Used to help pilot locate reflected laser energy.|
|PRF Codes:||All codes. In flight selectable.|
Target Nominal Range |
(for std tgt 2.3 x 2.3 meters):
Stationary- 20 miles|
Moving- 20 miles plus (moving target provides better visual acquisition)
|System Unique Capabilities:||
Very sensitive seeker, capable of engaging
targets the pilot cannot see given adequate
Expands aircraft capability by providing early target acquisition.
|Limitations:||Laser spot must be within seeker field of view.|
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