The US Navy has awarded a $25.8m contract to Lockheed Martin for the production of enhanced laser guided training rounds (ELGTR), an alternative to laser-guided bombs (LGB) during training.
The recent award represents the last of four options under the $84.5m ELGTR indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract, which was awarded to the company by the US Navy in 2013.
Under this contract, Lockheed will supply ELGTRs, as well as refurbishing reusable shipping containers and providing associated technical data.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control precision guided systems programme director Joe Serra said: "The US Navy and ten international partner countries rely on ELGTR for their Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb training programme.
"ELGTR ensures US and allied warfighters can hone their skills in order to maintain mission readiness."
The equipment 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 while maintaining the tactical LGB inventory.
ELGTR is compatible with F/A-18, AV-8B, F-16 and various other international aircraft platforms.
Production of the ELGTR is said to extend until 2018 and will be carried out at the company’s 350,000ft2 production facility in Archbald, Pennsylvania, US, which also designs and manufactures combat-proven Paveway II Plus LGB kits.
To date, the company has delivered around 150,000 training rounds, in addition to 75,000 LGB kits and 7,000 dual-mode LGB kits, to the US Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and 20 international clients.