The US Navy has awarded a four-year indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to Lockheed Martin to produce Paveway II enhanced laser guided training rounds (ELGTR).

Under the $84.5m firm-fixed-price contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver ELGTRs, shipping containers, logistics and product support to the US Navy.

The Paveway II ELGTR has been designed to provide realistic Paveway II laser guided bomb (LGB) (GBU-10/12/16) tactical employment training as an alternative to expending operational paveway II LGB assets.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control precision guided systems manager Joe Serra said: "We are nearing completion of multi-carriage ELGTR development, which will further increase training efficiency, proficiency and flexibility."

In order to provide affordable, high-performance aircrew training, the ELGTR simulates cockpit indications, release and terminal characteristics of the Paveway II laser guided weapon systems.

Live-fire training enables aircrews to practice delivery tactics in a real-mission environment while experiencing actual weapon characteristics.

"We are nearing completion of multi-carriage ELGTR development."

In addition, the ELGTR offers enhanced CEP (within 3m) and CE90 performance against airborne lased tactical target environments.

Till date, the company has delivered more than 130,000 training rounds and has produced advanced training solutions for the US Navy, Marine Corps and international customers since laser guided training round production began in 1992.

Scheduled to be completed in September 2016, work under the contract will be performed in Archbald, Pennsylvania, US, while the contract extends ELGTRs deliveries to the US Navy throughout 2018.

The US Naval Air Systems Command will serve as the contracting activity.

Defence Technology