US Navy issues contract for further ELGTR production

18 May 2018 (Last Updated May 18th, 2018 11:45)

The US Navy has awarded a contract for the follow-on production of the additional enhanced laser-guided training rounds (ELGTRs). 

US Navy issues contract for further ELGTR production
The US Navy ordered ELGTRs to support the Paveway II LGB weapons training. Credit: US Navy photo by mass communication specialist 3rd class Jeanette Mullinax/Released.

The US Navy has awarded a contract for the follow-on production of the additional enhanced laser-guided training rounds (ELGTRs).

Valued at $23.1m, the contract will see Lockheed Martin manufacture the ELGTRs to support the navy’s Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) weapons training.

The current deal exercises the contract’s initial option negotiated last year and extends production of the training rounds into late-2020.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control ELGTR programme manager Jason Golden said: “ELGTR is the only proven low-cost, guided trainer for Paveway II LGBs around the world.

“With more than 167,000 LGTR / ELGTRs delivered since the 1990s, this capability has prepared air and ground crews for challenging tactical mission environments while maintaining critical war reserve assets.”

“This capability has prepared air and ground crews for challenging tactical mission environments while maintaining critical war reserve assets.”

Claimed to be the only live-fire training solution for warfighters across the world, ELGTR offers realistic LGB tactical employment training for GBU-10 / 12 / 16 (2,000lb / 500lb/1,000lb) configurations at a fraction of the cost of tactical inventory.

The ELGTR precisely imitates the LGB envelope, flight characteristics and guidance system that enable the pilots to practice delivery tactics in a real-mission environment while experiencing actual weapon characteristics within the current range limitations.

The company produces the training rounds for the US Navy, the US Marine Corps (USMC) and other international customers. ELGTR is compatible with F-16, F/A-18 and AV-8B jets in addition to several other international aircraft platforms.

In addition to ELGTR, Lockheed Martin also designs and builds combat-proven Paveway II Plus LGB kits and the Paragon direct attack munition at its 350,000ft² manufacturing facility in Archbald, Pennsylvania, US.