The US Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a $23.1 million contract for follow-on production of enhanced laser guided training rounds (ELGTRs) to support the service’s Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) weapons training.
The award exercises the initial option of the contract negotiated in 2017 and extends ELGTR production into late 2020.
“ELGTR is the only proven low-cost, guided trainer for Paveway II Laser Guided Bombs around the world,” said Jason Golden, ELGTR program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “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.”
ELGTR provides realistic LGB employment practice for GBU-10/12/16 (2,000-lb/500-lb/1,000-lb) configurations at a fraction of the cost of tactical inventory, according to the company.
Lockheed Martin manufactures ELGTRs for the US Navy, Marine Corps and international customers. The ELGTR is compatible with F-16, F/A-18, AV-8B and other international aircraft platforms. Ongoing development efforts are focused on ELGTR compatibility with additional platforms to further expand the user community.