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- Laser designator : A device that puts a distinctive, usually invisible, pattern of laser energy on an object, for purposes such as designating the target of a laser-guided bomb
- Precision-guided munition : A powered or unpowered weapon that adjusts its flight path to hit a specific target, with a circular error probability in the low number of meters, often less than the radius of destruction
- Glide bomb : An unpowered air-delivered weapon whose trajectory is not defined purely by gravity and air resistance, but by aerodynamic lift and steering; modern versions are guided bombs.
- Go-onto-target : A guidance paradigm in which the sensor follows a potentially moving signal from the target, rather than going to a set of predefined geographic coordinates
- Azov 27N : Russian family of laser-guided bomb guidance kits, comparable to PAVEWAY I or PAVEWAY II
- PAVEWAY laser guidance : Four-generation series of U.S. laser-guided bomb guidance kits
- PAVEWAY I : First generation of PAVEWAY laser guidance kits for conventional bombs, consisting of a gimballed (i.e., mechanically scanned) laser seeker head, a Computer Control Group (CCG), and aerodynamic control surfaces, both "wings" to improve glide and moving control surfaces, usually on the nose, using bang-bang coarse directional control
- PAVEWAY II : Second generation of U.S. laser-guided bombs, still in partial service as it is considerably cheaper than PAVEWAY I and PAVEWAY III; improved PAVEWAY I still using bang-bang control and difficult to deliver at low altitude, but with a more sensitive seeker and substantial cost reduction engineering
- PAVEWAY III : Third generation of U.S. laser-guided bomb control, with a principal objective of enabling low-altitude drops; first with a fully programmable computer; considerably more expensive than PAVEWAY II
- GBU-8 : Vietnam War-era electro-optical guided bomb, with television viewer used to lock the seeker onto the target before release, and self-guiding after release; limited success
- GBU-24 : 2000-pound-class laser-guided bomb with U.S. PAVEWAY III guidance
- GBU-28 : 5000 pound class hard target penetrator used in the Gulf War as a laser-guided bomb, reported as the "Bunker Buster" dropped by retired F-111 aircraft; EBGU-28 now used by F-15E Strike Eagle and B-2 Spirit
- GBU-53 Small Diameter Bomb : Second generation of the GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb, now in development, with inertial navigation supplemented with GPS for midcourse guidance, an multiple terminal guidance modes using the Common Tri-Mode Seeker (laser, imaging infrared, radar, GPS); has the ability to hit moving targets
- GBU-54 : Joint Direct Attack Munition with laser guidance in addition to combined inertial guidance refined with the Global Positioning System, and uses a 500 pound bomb
- KAB-250 : Russian family of 250kg guided bombs with different guidance kits
- Bang-bang control : A technique of aerodynamic control of glide bombs and related weapons, in which either the control surface deflects completely or not at all; contrast with the proportional aerodynamic control used by manned aircraft and some advanced missiles
- Circular error probability : The most common metric of how close to a target a weapon will strike: the radius of a circle, centered on the mean impact point, in which half the projectiles of that weapon will hit
- Common Tri-Mode Seeker : (CMTS) a missile guidance subsystem that combines thermal imaging, radar and laser guidance, built by Raytheon
- Joint Direct Attack Munition : An add-on guidance kit that converts a standard Mark 8x "dumb bomb", or ballistic equivalent, into a precision-guided munition, using inertial navigation enhanced with GPS satellite navigation
- M982 Excalibur : Guided shell for 155mm howitzers; lower cost and more modern than the M712 Copperhead; rocket-assisted for extended range and with GPS/INS guidance
- Special reconnaissance : Also known as SR, missions deep in denied areas, conducted by special operations personnel. They may be in or out of uniform. While SR units may direct air, missile, or artillery strikes, they strive to stay undetected.