Pave Spike was an electro-optical target acquisition, laser designator, and weapon delivery system for the F-4D (EF-4D) and F-4E aircraft. It provided precision laser designation, ranging, and tracking of ground targets for attack with conventional ordnance or laser-guided weapons. It used a cockpit-selectable four-digit code and is PRF or PIM (pulse interval module) capable.
|Description:||Pod contained, electro-optical laser designator and ranging system.|
|Function:|| Optical tracker boresighted to LTD.|
Provides precision LTD, ranging and tracking of ground targets for attacks with conventional ordnance or LGWs.
|Employment:||Self 1asing for autonomous LGB/LLLGB delivery or "buddy lasing" for other aircraft delivering LGB/LLLGB.|
|PRF Codes:||Classified. In flight selectable.|
Target Nominal Range |
(for std tgt 2.3 x 2.3 meters):
Stationary- Slant range/visibility dependent.|
Moving- Slant range/visibility dependent.
|System Unique Capabilities:|| Uses imaging infrared sensors and laser
designator/ rangefinder for target
acquisition and weapons delivery.|
Day and night limited adverse weather system.
|Limitations:|| Must see and optically track target.|
Manual tracking operation throughout gimbal limits.
Dependent on operator skill.
Not "all" weather system.
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