The US Navy has awarded a $24.2m contract to Lockheed Martin for the production of enhanced laser guided training rounds (ELGTR), an alternative to laser-guided bombs (LGB) during training.
This new order is part of a four-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract that Lockheed received in December 2013. It extends delivery of ELGTRs to the navy through 2018.
Under this contact, Lockheed is responsible for providing ELGTRs and associated technical data, as well as refurbishing US government shipping containers.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control precision guided systems manager Joe Serra said: "ELGTR is the most cost-effective and reliable live-fire direct attack training solution that allows users to conserve tactical weapon inventory.
"US and allied warfighters continue to rely on ELGTR to maintain combat readiness against challenging operational target engagements."
ELGTR offers similar cockpit indications, release and terminal characteristics of Paveway II laser-guided weapon systems in order to provide pilots with affordable, high-performance aircrew training.
The ELGTR is compatible with F/A-18, AV-8B, F-16 and various other international aircraft platforms.
Since 1992, the company has manufactured more than 140,000 advanced training rounds for the US Navy, Marine Corps, and other international customers.
Along with ELGTR, its production facility in northeastern Pennsylvania designs and manufactures combat-proven Paveway II Plus LGB kits.